Category Archives: California fires

Campers for Seniors with Dogs


if you live on the Central Coast of California or know someone who does and have an RV, camper, mobile home or trailer that is gently used and would like to provide a home for a senior or veteran, please call CeliaSue at 702-225-8206…have a list of those in need of housing. Hundreds of senior women and veterans have been displaced with their pets. Single women without children, women who are not mentally ill, not drug addicts, not alcoholics, with low income, not working or cannot find work, veterans, and other seniors with dogs, over 50 years of age, some ill and who’s health has deteriorated without shelter. Thank you for your kindness and SAVING LIVES.
People such as Stu and Stacey are sleeping in a tent in Carmel Valley and are experiencing bronchitis and asthma due to the unhealthy air filled with smoke from the Big Sur fire, 77,000 acres is burning, and 55% contained, causing people without homes numerous breathing issues and medical problems.





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Advocates for Women

I have been back in the hospital now for two weeks. Three blood clots on my lungs, breast cancer was ruled out and ovarian cyst to be determined. Without housing, how can I get better?  Sleeping upright in my car night after night, my legs swell and blood clots develop in my legs and travel to other parts of my body and basically could kill me.


I want to create a nonprofit called ADVOCATES FOR WOMEN, the mission is to create, build or find housing for women 50+ who are displaced and have dogs since no one else is doing this and too many tell the women to give up their dogs.

What would happen TO HUNDREDS OF DOGS IF EACH OF THE WOMEN GAVE AWAY THEIR BEST FRIENDS, COMPANIONS, and FAMILY MEMBERS???? (Not to mention what would happen to the women sleeping on the streets or in their cars without the protection of their dogs) ?


As the Big Sur Sobranes fire burns hundreds of acres nearby, there are all kinds of fundraisers going on to help the people who have lost their homes due to the blaze. These people deserve the resources that they require. Yet this highlights and proves what i have been saying all along that where there is a WILL THERE IS A WAY. When people actually WANT TO DO SOMETHING,THEY DO IT.

For the past two years since I have been without a home, except for when I had a camper to live in and roommates, I have met numerous women of the hundreds of women also without homes and been displaced due to ECONOMICS. I have NOT seen the community come together in the same way, doing fundraisers to build, create or find HOMES FOR single women without children, women who are not mentally ill, not drug addicts, not alcoholics, with low income, not working or cannot find work, with dogs, many over 50 years of age, some illl and who’s health has deteriorated without having shelter.

We want to create CARETAKERS VILLAGE,  Land or a lot can be utilized to place SHIFTPODS, yurts, RV’s, campers, trailers, tiny mobile homes, etc. to CREATE a village for women over 50 with dogs who need HOMES ASAP.

WILL YOU HELP US ????  it takes a village…to get this DONE.



Cici has been with Mark Anderson again at the Monterey County Weekly, now for two weeks.


This week, she turned 10 years old and Mark gave her a big bone to celebrate.



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Are you prepared?

Within the last week, 11 major wildfires have blazed across California. With the unusual increase in wildfires due to California’s bone-dry conditions, it’s crucial for families to have an emergency evacuation plan in place for not only themselves, but also their pets. In the heat of the moment, pet owners may overlook the key actions that will save their pet’s life if they don’t have a preconceived plan. Brad Kriser, pet expert and founder and CEO of Southern California-based Kriser’s, shares his advice on how to keep pets safe during a wildfire.

1.       Prepare essential supplies: Having your pet’s daily necessities packed and ready to go in an easily accessible place is the first step. It is recommended to stock up on two weeks’ worth of supplies because wildfire disasters may last longer than a few days. Some necessary supplies include sealed pet food and water, a leash with a collar that includes an identification tag, pet medication, supplements and a portable pet carrier big enough to give your pet extra wiggle room. If possible, include your pet’s bed, calming doggie music, Rescue Remedy and toys to help reduce stress.

2.       Research local boarding facilities and animal shelters: Don’t wait until the wildfire happens before you start finding local boarding facilities and animal shelters that will house your pet in the event of an emergency. Create a list of local pet boarding facilities and animal shelters along with their contact number and address. Also, if you’re staying at a local hotel, check in advance to see if they are pet friendly during emergency disasters.

3.       Gather pet records: It’s important to have accessible copies of your pet’s medical records because many boarding facilities will require proof of up-to-date vaccinations as well as medical documentation. Another thing to have on hand is a recent photo of you and your pet together along with a detailed description of your pet, which will help others identify them in case you and your pet become separated and will also serve as proof of ownership.

4.       Consider getting your pet microchipped: According to a study published in the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchipped dogs had a return-to-owner rate of 52 percent while cats had a return-to-owner rate of 38 percent, so microchipping your dog or cat will significantly increase the chance for you and your pet to be reunited during an emergency. Also, it is crucial for the microchip to be registered and up-to-date in the database so that people are able to contact the pets’ owners once found.

5.       Know the signs of smoke inhalation: Even if the wildfire is not at your door step, the decrease in air quality in the surrounding areas can negatively affect your pet’s respiratory system. Some symptoms of smoke inhalation include coughing and wheezing. It is best to keep your pet indoors as much as possible and to continually observe your pet for any changes in behavior.

Be a good pet guardian and prepare in advance for emergencies.

Thank you to Brad Kriser for this list of tips.

Emma Zen Foundation raises money for pet oxygen masks

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Doggie and me in LA…


This pet-friendly hotel is just 12 miles from LAX Airport. There are 160 spacious upscale and modern non-smoking guest rooms and suites, complimentary wireless Internet, an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, fitness suite, Zen-inspired Spa, On Sunset Restaurant, and the Luxe Lounge. There is a lot of grass for pooches to explore around the property and a pet waste station near the tennis court.

The “Doggie & Me” Package includes luxury suite accommodations and In-room massages for guests and their four-legged loved ones. While you receive your massage, your doggie receives hers/his. Doggies love getting a relaxing massage to soothe the stress of driving and city life.

The Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd. can accommodate dogs that are 50 pounds or less and requests that dogs be both pet and human friendly. The pet fee is $150 per stay.

Cici enjoyed chewing up the dog toy that she was given. Other pet amenities include treats and waste bags in a handy dandy small container.

There are 12 pet friendly suites and they are all on the upper floor for access to the grassy area…the Luxe Spa is also on this floor. Pets are not permitted in the restaurant or pool area of the hotel.

The hotel also offers four-legged friends their own dinner menus of beef and brown rice dinner or chicken and oats for $10 for 8 oz. and a snack menu of beefy banana bones and bites or beefy pumpkin bones and bites or Molly Paws for $15 for 24 pieces in a bag…

Soon, the Luxe may offer pooch pawties with Shazdehs Party Planning (for pampered Poochies)…

do check out the staff’s pooches (photos below of Seth Horowitz, General Manager of the Luxe and Zoey and Margit Haut, Director of Sales & Marketing and Daisy)

yes, it definitely is a dog’s life…

dog friendly parks:

Barrington Park on Barrington Avenue in Brentwood (half a mile from the hotel) features a fenced, off leash area


Will Rogers Historic Park in Pacific Palisades permits leashed dogs in the park and on trails for $1 per dog and is five miles west of the hotel along Sunset Blvd.




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an enchanting European inn…

while the fires are burning in southern California we are praying for rain and containment. we are also very busy working on our dog travel guide so that you can buy some in time for Christmas… the format below is straight from the travel guide which will have info listed on this blog PLUS many extras including expanded tips, resources, articles and much more… If you would like to purchase an advance copy of this ebook version, email me at author444 at …

We spent National Dog Day and a few days at this peaceful inn. In walking distance to the Lake Arrowhead Village, this quaint inn has five cozy suites, with overhead fans for summer and fireplaces for winter. There is a hot tub out back and various places to walk the dog. Lots of critters outside including chipmunks, raccoons, squirrels, and an on-site cat. We stayed in the Alpine suite, which had a tv, and a tiny patio, through a door and outside our suite there is a large patio, too.

There is free internet access, no pet amenities per se except that cici got some ham, a ham bone, as well as some ribs from Isabelle, the manager and Ross, the owner. Real dog lovers, Isabelle also treated Cici to a run across the street and a swim a few times. You can relax and unwind with the slower pace of life. Weddings on property for up to 100 people. There are also four vacation rental houses within five minutes for overflow guests. And there is a beach across the street to go swimming.

address (285 Highway 173, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-2849)
pet amenities: no
Rates: $89+ pet fee: $25 per pet per night
Tel: 909-337-8178
no breakfast with reduced rates
on site dog: no but there is a cat
Dogitude Rating: 3.5 Bones


the multi-tiered arrowhead village, with grocery store, post office, banks, and shops is in walking distance of the fleur de lac…

Pet stores where dogs rule and drool

three dog bakery in the Lake Arrowhead Shopping Center (lower village)
cici had carrot cake and treats

Tommy’s pet studio in nearby Blue Jay (l miles from Lake Arrowhead Village)

Pet friendly wineries

Vino 100 in the Lake Arrowhead Shopping Center (lower village)

Dine together

on the patio at Fleur de Lac


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camping with your K9 …

tips for camping with your dog

summertime and the living is hazy… due to the over 800 (that’s right, not a typo) eight hundred fires currently burning in California (north and south), the air here has been VERY unhealthy, smoky and horrible, been putting Vick’s on before I go outside and thought about getting a face mask although the news said that it doesn’t really do much… all i could find were paint face masks made out of paper from Lowe’s and the local pharmacy… and you have to buy a bunch of them, too…

the last two days, we met up with a dog pack made up of three labs, one golden, one puppy and a lab of unknown age, and a woman who takes laps around the dog park (about 6-8 laps at a time), and cici has joined right in with the pack and gotten along with all of them, especially the puppy lab…  yesterday, the dogs found raw hide treats and cici was running and chewing at the same time, and taking the treats away from the other dogs… she thinks that fun… along with stalking squirrels.

she also was the center of attention last night.  People just love her and this group of guys and another family with a tiny infant were fawning all over her, much to her delight… wag thy tail…

we finally got the word that the car is ready so today we will get it and probably leave tomorrow, gotta get us some good clean air to breathe!

gasp gasp gasp….

anyway, thought I’d write about taking your dog camping, since it’s summer and people are spending less on vacations and probably more people will be camping out with their K9’s…

cici did not like being inside the tent when we camped out a few weeks ago… i had to bodily lift her up and put her inside and zip her in… so yes, getting a dog used to a tent beforehand is a good idea, if you can do so…

Bring for the car ride:

* Lists of rest stops and veterinary hospitals
* Leash
* Dog seat belt or crate / kennel
* Water and Bowl
* Treats
* One or two toys
* Blanket and/or dog bed
* Bags to pick up waste
* Medications, if applicable
* Your dog’s medical records
*  First Aid Kit

encounters with critters

some great natural products thanks to that we will have to try…

Doggie Sage Bug Off Soap is made from skin loving conditioning oils and bug repellent essential oils. It does not contain artificial or synthetic ingredients that cause allergic reactions or irritations. It is easy to use. Rinses off easily leaving your dogs coat soft and shiny.

* Paraban Free
* No Mineral Oil
* Vegan Friendly

Ingredients: Saponified Oils of Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Aloe Vera Oil and Essential Oils of Cedar, Citronella, Eucalyptus

ticks, eeeewwww… they are a fact of life when you take your dog in the wild… so you should be prepared to deal with them…

TICK KEY is the only tick removal device on the planet that uses natural forward leverage to remove the entire tick, head and all, quickly and safely without touching or squishing even the toughest engorged ticks. Tick key is 99.9% effective on all sizes and types of ticks. Tick Key Is The Easiest-To-Use Tick Remover On Earth!

Place the key over the tick in the teardrop hole. Slide the tick into specially tapered slot. Pull key up from skin. The Tick is removed easily, head and all! This patent pending design has been perfected and tested for over five years and is responsible for removal of thousands of ticks of all sizes including deer ticks and dog ticks.The Tick Key is fabricated from high-strength anodized aluminum…this is not a weak piece of plastic.

The Tick Key is flat and is easily stored in a wallet, pocket, on a key chain, collar, saddle, or leash

How Not To Remove Ticks: Don’t Remove Ticks With Your Fingers. In many cases a tick is likely to be carrying pathogens such as lyme disease,ehrlichiosis and others that are harmful to humans and pets. Tick saliva or blood is something you do not want to risk being on your hands or under your fingernails.Pulling on a tick, even with tweezers, can tear the mouth parts from the body of the tick leaving them embedded in the wound causing risk of secondary infections.


Don’t Squeeze, Crush or Squash A Tick. This can force spirochete and other infective body fluids through the mouth parts of the tick and into the wound site increasing the risk of infectious diseases. Don’t Apply Substances To A Tick. Applying any substances, such as petroleum jelly, fingernail polish remover, repellents, or a lighted match that upset or harm the tick almost always cause the tick to vomit the contents of its stomach back into the host. No matter how badly a tick may want to remove itself, it is not capable of doing so quickly.Ticks can live without air for long periods; attempts to smother it can allow disease transmission for hours.

Herban Essentials Pet Towelettes

Herban Essentials Pet Towelettes are a fabulous treat for both you and your furry family member. The towelettes are made with the highest quality pure lavender essential oil, which not only makes them smell amazing, but makes them naturally antibacterial and antiseptic as well. Plus, lavender oil is wonderfully calming and relaxing.

Use the towelettes to clean your hands and kill germs after playing with, caring for, or cleaning up after your pet. Rub a towelette over pet’s hotspots, scrapes, or skin irritations to disinfect, promote healing, and prevent licking. Place a towelette in pet’s crate to help calm and relax in stressful situations (ie: vet visits, illness, travel). Use towelettes to regularly clean pet’s ears.  Contains 20 Towelettes

Young Living’s Thieves Spray and Thieves Wipes are easy-to-use, natural, and convenient products to help clean and protect your family from harmful bacteria.

if you want an especially great natural antibacterial and antimicrobial with nontoxic coconut oil that smells good, too, you’ve got to get a Thieves pack with oils from Young Living… check out my Easy Being Green page and order some… It’s fantastic for cleaning your home, and they have a foamy hand soap which I love, as well as the essential oil blend which was created by Gary Young, based upon the historical account of four thieves in France who protected themselves from the Black Plague with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing victims of the killer disease. When captured, they were offered a lighter sentence in exchange for their secret recipe.

Young Living’s proprietary Thieves® oil blend includes clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon, and Eucalyptus radiata …

The Foaming Hand Soap, features the therapeutic grade essential oil blend Thieves, pure lemon and orange essential oils, Ginkgo biloba, and vitamin E.

now, this is a spoiled pup gone camping…


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you are always on my mind, Willie Nelson / Malibu…

Best Friends Animal Society and Willie Nelson have teamed up to fight dogfighting in Georgia… making it illegal and giving the law oomph…. yay…



and while I am not on the subject, was doing a search for a Chocolate Van to drive me and the pup around and came up with a new chocolate factory in the Bay area and

Chocolate Television… an indie station devoted to chocolate… imagine the possibilities…  but really, who wants to watch others eat and enjoy, you have to watch and indulge in chocolate samples yourself…




The latest word on the new Malibu fires…  my friend is supposed to be In Las Vegas… have not heard a word… prayers for residents of Malibu …  sheesh, what a year this has been, fires, floods, earthquakes, oil spill, fires, cyclone in Bangladesh, weather and elements and people are churning… loss of homes, sadness, and hopefully, all will be well in time…



MALIBU, Calif. – A fast-moving wildfire pushed by Santa Ana winds raced through the canyons and over the mountains of this wealthy enclave for the second time in little more than a month Saturday, destroying dozens of homes and forcing as many as 14,000 residents to flee.



The fire erupted in the wee hours after the long-predicted Santa Anas finally returned, and it quickly grew before the winds died down. Forty-nine homes were destroyed and another 27 damaged, said Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman.


By midafternoon the fire was estimated at 4,500 acres, or about 7 square miles, with 25 percent containment….


Some evacuees were treated to moments of joy and relief.


Geraldine Gilliland, 56, shrieked with happiness as an animal control officer reunited her with her six dogs and 21-year-old cat, left in her house when the fire drove workers at the property down the canyon.

“Oh my God. They got them, they got them, they got them!” she said, kneeling to embrace her pets.

“You can’t put a price on human life or canine life; these are my babies.”

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