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Happy April

Happy April !  here’s a little April Fool’s Day doggie fun…

 

http://3milliondogs.com/news/what-this-new-perfume-for-dogs-smells-like-may-shock-you

 

Sorry folks that I’ve not been here much but I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago and just had surgery. Today, I find out the results of the surgery.

 

While I was getting surgery and recovering, Cici had fun playing with other doggies at a Bed and Biscuits place in Santa Cruz, thanks to Peace of Mind Dog Rescue.

 

She came back exhausted and slept, conked out and dreaming a lot. She has had two people walking her to help me. Kind people.

 

People have been amazing.

 

I thank each and every one of the folks who have stepped up to the plate for me and Cici.

 

Hopefully, we will have a New Home to move into very very soon.

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

 

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Pets Home Alone

5 Ways to Help a Lonely Pet

Chronic loneliness and social isolation is not only debilitating for humans; dogs and cats can also suffer the psychological, and perhaps physical, impacts of being alone and not emotionally connected or engaged on a regular basis. Pet loneliness, which differs from separation anxiety, can manifest from a new or temporary situation triggered by changes like moving to a new home, a teenager going off to college, or a significant schedule alteration for the owner. More worryingly, it can be a long-term problem caused by prolonged seclusion—a situation that, unfortunately, becomes a way of life for many of our nation’s four-legged family members.

There is debate as to whether or not research on chronic loneliness, proven to have direct links to impeding both the mental and physical health of humans—including conditions like dementia, insomnia, anxiety, depression and potentially lethal heart disease—impacts pets in similar ways. More certainly, however, even beyond potential ominous health concerns, lonely pets can be unhappy, bored and lethargic. This often leads to a variety of unsavory behaviors and dissatisfaction for all involved. The more social the pet’s nature, the higher probability that problems will be present and persist.

 

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(Fortunately, my Cici, the Polka Dot Princess, is rarely home alone. And when she is, her couch or my bed or her house (her crate) are where she resides and sleeps until I come back).  But not all dogs are so lucky.  In addition to the list below, we would add, put the TV or radio on or some comforting canine music, give them a familiar article of clothing with your smell on it, and/or depending upon their level of separation anxiety, you might give them a dose of Rescue Remedy or another all natural calming remedy before you leave, to keep them happy. You could also bring them to doggie daycare or hire a pet sitter or dog walker on a regular basis if possible.

 

To help keep America’s dogs and cats more stimulated and satisfied during “alone time,” Paul Mann, Founder and CEO of FETCH! Pet Care, offers these 5 tips on how to avoid pet loneliness and turn this sad face into a happy doggie smile:  (you know the sad eyes face that they give you before you leave when they know they are not going with you)

 

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http://www.buzzfeed.com/paws/sad-puppies-that-will-ruin-your-day#27wh7po

 

 

  1. Exercise a pet before exiting: As close as possible to the time you leave a pet alone, give them a physical workout. Take your dog on a brisk walk or play a game of fetch, and play a game of laser tag or “chase the string” with your cat.This exercise will tire and calm your pet physically so they can utilize the alone time to catch up on rest and recuperation. It also exhilarates them emotionally, fostering a healthier state of mind.
  2. Arrange regular midday visits: The best-case scenario is when an owner can come home at least once during the business day, perhaps for lunch, to spend a little quality time with Fido or Felix.Those whose schedule or commute doesn’t always allow for this should consider hiring a professional dog walker or pet sitter who can stimulate your furry friend and provide regular affection, companionship, socialization and exercise.
  3. Provide engaging play toys: Leave your dog or cat’s favorite toys and anything else you can think of so they can remain entertained in your absence.While treats may not last long in toys, you can also try inserting or freezing them inside a toy to provide a mental challenge. There are also puzzle game treat dispensers on the market that encourage a dog’s natural foraging behavior by stimulating their sense of smell. Dogs learn to lift the compartment covers and rotate the toy to retrieve the hidden treats, keeping them happy and engaged. There are also a bevy of fun and challenging play-alone activity toys for cats available like motorized wands, automatic cat teasers and even a scampering self-correcting mouse that automatically moves to engage natural hunting instincts.
  4. Capitalize on sensory stimulants: Be it an outdoor shady and well-protected space in the yard where your pet can watch birds, squirrels and other wildlife, watching Animal Planet on TV, or seeing or hearing you through a web-connected device at certain times of the day, there are many ways to ensure your pet has entertainment and peace-of-mind while you are away.
  5. Find a furry friend: Many pets enjoy spending time with other animals, whether they be the same breed or type of pet, or not. Many dogs and cats play quite well together. A common solution is to adopt a second pet as a companion for your dog or cat but, if that isn’t a viable solution, pre-arrange pet play dates. Perhaps you have a friend or family member’s pet over one day, and alternate so the other party takes your pet on other days, Of course, take the time to consider how your pet would react to this and what kind of pet is ideal. Optimally, do a test run over multiple hours with you on location to observe the interaction and behaviors before leaving the two animals “home alone” together.

Avoiding, rectifying or reversing a pet’s state of loneliness can have tremendous and immediate benefits for the animal and the household at large.  Following even a few of the tips above will improve a pet’s quality of life and surely get their tail wagging again.

Paul Mann is the Founder and CEO of Fetch! Pet Care—the nation’s largest and most trusted franchisor for professional pet sitting, dog walking, and pet fitness/exercise services—serving thousands of pets and pet parents throughout the United States from coast to coast. He may be reached online at: www.FetchPetCare.com.

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Happy Take Your Pooch to Work Day

June 20 is Take Your Dog to Work Day…   how are you celebrating?

 

here are some ideas:

 

http://www.takeyourdog.com/Get-Involved/10-ways-to-celebrate.php

 

Some lucky doggies go to work EVERY Day…

 

Screen shot 2014-06-19 at 11.18.54 AM   http://www.dogsforheroes.org/   http://www.pinterest.com/stubbydog/pit-bulls-are-therapy-dogs/   and some lucky humans gets to work with dogs (and other animals) Every day…   here are some of their jobs/businesses:

Advocate for animals

Animal boarding facility

Animal Communicator

Animal control officer

Animal sanctuary (Best Friends, VillaLobos)

Artist, pet portraits

Author of pet books

Cat/canine coffee house owner

Dog trainer

Dog food cook

Dog treat baker

Dog food truck (ie, Phydough)

Dog bakery owner or employee

Doggie daycare owner or employee

Doggie groomer

Dog hydrotherapist, acupuncturist, canine massage therapist

Farmer

Filmmaker of pet movies

Guide dog trainer

Jewelry maker of pet items

Pet camp owner

Pet fashion (clothing designer, sales)

Pet friendly innkeeper

Pet toymaker

Pet food retail shop owner

Pet photographer

Pet Public Relations/Marketing/Social Media

Pet product manufacturer (i.e., collars, leashes, harnesses, food, shampoo)

Pet sitter

Pet transporter/taxi

Pet travel specialist

Pet Travel writer

Pet writer

Property management (pet friendly properties)

Realtor (pet friendly homes)

Train dog models, dog actors

T-shirts, clothing related to pets

Veterinarian

Vet technician

Website designer (for pet related products, group, rescues, etc)

  Do you work with animals?   shampoo-conditioner-3

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Doggone business Success

Doting pet owners keep pet businesses thriving

According to the American Pet Products Association, spending in the pet industry surged to a record $50.96 billion in 2011. The group expects spending on pets to continue rising to nearly $53 billion this year.

The animal-loving nature of the region, plus the wealthy clientele, has protected the multitude of businesses that cater to pet owners. Whether it’s pet fashion, diet, health or entertainment, there’s a glut of products and services.

Need a dog bowtie? They retail for $24 at pet boutique Diggidy Dog in Carmel. Perhaps you’d like to commission a portrait of your pet — watercolor or photograph? For pet baths, you’ll find $12.95 moisturizing massage goat milk soap bars among the line of Shampooch products made by Infusion Candles and Bath in Monterey.

http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_20335304/doting-dog-owners-keep-pet-businesses-thriving

In Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Marina and Seaside, there are also other pet businesses such as a gym for pets (Zoom Room), pet food and supplies such as chain stores Pet Food Express, Petco and Pet Smart and independently owned shops, pet sitters, doggie daycare providers, groomers, trainers and dog walkers.

In addition, there are numerous pet friendly hotels and inns, restaurants and businesses that welcome pets inside such as the Del Monte Shopping Center.

Have a bread bowl of clam chowder and calamari on Fisherman’s Wharf at Abalonetti or experience early Monterey Mission style ambiance at the Corkscrew Cafe where you and your dog can have a wood fire pizza on the garden patio…On your way out of town, stop at Tarpy’s Roadhouse and order a $27 Angus beef filet served with roasted red potatoes and garden veggies from the dog menu while you enjoy California-country cuisine yourself.

http://www.7×7.com/pets/dog-friendly-hotels-and-inns-around-san-francisco

here are a couple of blog posts I wrote about Carmel and Monterey…there are a few others, do a search if you want to read more info…

https://celiasue.com/2008/11/14/happy-tails-to-you-when-we-meet-in-carmel/

https://celiasue.com/2009/09/14/downtown-monterey/

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

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positive pit bull ads

the difference in pet advertising and pet policies is heating up on the pit bull front.  Some companies like 3M/Scotch are PIT BULL PROUD … and deserve KUDOS for displaying a cute pit bull dog in their display ads…

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pcslbf/5355660539/lightbox/

GOOD STUFF:  How about we thank a major corporation for throwing some much-needed pro-pittie advertising out there? Maybe call this the
“THANK YOU SCOTCH IT’S A PIT BULL!” campaign? 🙂 ~John

Maybe say something on the Scotch Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/scotch?sk=wall

and also send it direct to the company via the Scotch lint roller:

Please use http://www.pruvenpet.com or http://www.scotchlint.com to leave comments

Dog Time has created Mad Canines, if the characters on the Mad Men TV Show were dogs… one of the characters is portrayed as a pit bull/Viszla mix… hmmmm… what do you think?

http://dogtime.com/mad-men-dot-dot-dot-if-the-characters-were-dogs.html+

seriously?  and then there is a chain pet store that sells toxic pet treats from China and have banned bully breeds from their doggie daycare…

sheesh… name change… from Pet Smart to Pet Stupid…

Anna MacNeil’s study shows pit bulls’ natural habitat is the bed and breed-specific behavior is cuddling.

http://stubbydog.org/2012/03/a-new-pit-bull-study/

there’s a petition or two…

and some facebook pages…

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Campaign-to-End-PetSmarts-Pitbull-Ban/177956685581729

 

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Occupy the Shelters!!!

I LOVE the Adoption Centers model… and had an idea last night… Imagine, what if there were Adoption Centers and housing for both people and pets… homeless people would have decent housing, NOT a shelter where they have NO privacy nor dignity, a job to do, get a pet ready to be adopted, gardening (grow food), adoption center jobs and more… Imagine the miracles for both pets and people… Americans Need Jobs. Americans LOVE animals.

Homeless vets, seniors, all kinds of people could become well again through the power of LOVE… pets make wonderful companions… Both the pets and people and communities would benefit.  Similar to the Pit Bulls and Parolees concept at Villa Lobos… except I see smaller houses, maybe 5 or 6 bedrooms, and/or manufactured homes on land with Adoption Centers similar to Doggie Daycare Centers plus the Rehab Centers… Win win win win win win win…

And what if these Adoption Center places also fed the pets THE BEST PET FOODS, not the cheapest, fed the community pets with the best nutrition, the Rehab Centers could have Holistic Vets on board, there could be a doggie gym for agility, a Doggie Spa, a Shop to buy goodies to support the Adoption Center, a doggie pool, and more… No more doggie discrimination. No more pit bulls being put to sleep for how they look and/or because they are pit bulls.

Dreaming… Instead of coming from a mental / emotional place of Scarcity and we have to accept whatever is donated, shabby, crappy and poor mentality, this is revolutionary in concept and scope… a whole different way of THINKING and IMPLEMENTING… Something, places to BE PROUD OF, Places of Dignity and Health and Well Being for People and Pets… Imagine…

IT is TIME to CHANGE the status quo killing factories shelters into an Adoption Centers model…

Get rid of the Greed… and Hate… Eliminate the Greed and Hate…

That means WE have to change too… Not just Point Fingers and Blame, Accuse and Make Wrong… you cannot change something via hate… only LOVE makes a difference… honey works with bees,vinegar not so much… does not mean to sugarcoat, but learn compassion, forgiveness, and LISTEN…

I do NOT understand why someone would rather kill animals than find homes for them and save lives… AND I also know that when accusations are thrown at them, people resist, shut their ears, get defensive, run away, shut down…

There has to be a Win Win Win for ALL…

Am reminded of John Robbins, heir to the Baskin Robbins fortune, years ago he walked away from his family. And he had a dream about a cow. He writes about this in Diet for a New America. And what impressed me so much is how he got to go to factory farms for three whole months. He visited these horrible places where they not only slaughter animals but keep them in horrendous conditions. And he was there with an OPEN HEART and just Listened to the people who worked there. Somehow he was able to do that. Listen with an Open Compassionate Heart although he was repelled by what the people DID every day to the animals. Read the book, Get Inspired and Find Creative Solutions.

Create a Vision of the Adoption Centers you want and Make it Happen/Implement Step by Step by Step… Until It is Done… Manifest…

RIP Ace, this type of “accident”, killing the wrong homeless animal, or someone’s pet happens every day in every state in this country. Until we replace killing shelters with true Adoption Centers, where animals live happily in a healthy, cage free, communal environment and be socialized to prepare them for their new furrever homes. We can SAVE THEM ALL, not just 90% !

Please read a lot more and enjoy some videos at http://www.ShelterRevolution.Org

Let’s CHANGE this rotten system altogether by acknowledging the Past, weaknesses, corruption, and greed and HEAL ourselves and others…

Like the Fb page is http://www.facebook.com/ShelterRevolution

Shelter Revolution is the marketing effort to tell the world about the ADOPTION CENTER model. This innovative new facility plan brings ‘customers’ in with a whole new approach to displaying adoptable dogs and cats. It creates a calm, enjoyable atmosphere in a “touch and feel” setting.Introducing a new concept called “rehab,” dogs and cats not ready for adoption are sent into the care of local rehabbers to prepare them for return to the Adoption Center and placement.Read all about the other concepts that make up this whole new approach called the Adoption Center model at www.shelterrevolution.org

We need fun places where customers can go to see happy, healthy animals in large groups. Dogs and cats are SOCIAL animals, not meant to be isolated. For those animals who can’t get along, the Adoption Center model provides for rehab. The process of rehab will bring local rescuers and shelter workers together.

Watch this introductory video for a brief overview

sign this petition : https://apps.facebook.com/petitions/1/adoption-centers-not-shelters/

are you an extremist LIFE SAVER????

unreal…

http://yesbiscuit.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/killing-apologists-just-want-their-lives-back/

Rescue friends- if you have a plea that needs more attention, and exposure, pls be sure to post to the people for paws network. Thanks!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/People-for-Paws-Network/119735384716987

are you an extremist LIFE SAVER????

Are you an “extremist”? Take the quiz.

  1. I want the killing to end.
  2. I think it is wrong for shelters to neglect and abuse animals.
  3. If other communities can end the killing of savable animals, I believe my community should also.
  4. I care about animals and because I care about animals, I do not want harm to come to them.
  5. I believe in democracy and engaging my elected officials to create social change.

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you are an “extremist” according to the ASPCA. If you answered “No” to all of these questions, the ASPCA thinks you’ll make a great shelter director and they will fight to defend and protect you.

if you have not read this, please DO…

http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=7390

Now here the ASPCA has (not) kindly but nevertheless has a list telling us what to do Step by Step…. Are you on board?  The Patrick Movement is a powerful force to be reckoned with and animal lovers CAN CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.

WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY DO YOU WANT TO LIVE IN?

WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO YOU WANT YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS TO LIVE IN????

Are you with me???  Consider this your Marching Orders 🙂   Go Forth and SAVE LIVES !!!!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/72104749/The-Tactics-of-the-Extremist-Agenda-ASPCA

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dogs just wanna zoom zoom zoom

Cici, like most dogs, loves to run.  Almost every day, she zooms around the park down the street or runs to me when she’s done rolling in the grass, sniffing everything and doing her business. I used to try to walk her an hour a day or make sure she got exercise by playing with other dogs. But since my legs/knees hurt from arthritis, it’s been hard for me to do that.

Just found out that there is a dog gym in town, Pacific Grove. It’s called the Zoom Room and they offer agility, play groups, therapy dog training, Canine Good Citizen classes, as well as social activities such as Dog Birthday Parties, a Bark Mitzvah, Yappy Hours and Doggy Disco  plus eco-friendly toys and healthy dog food and treats. It’s open 11 to 8 during the week.

The Zoom Room says that this is an indoor alternative to the dog park. An indoor dog park where mean dogs are outlawed, no flaky owners are allowed to sit on their cell phones while their dogs wreak havoc, and all of the other complaints people have about dog parks.

Becoming a Zoom Room Member and enjoying Open Gym is as easy as scheduling a quick 15 minute evaluation. So if you’re not yet a member, you can either enroll in one of our group classes or simply come in for an evaluation.

http://www.zoomroomonline.com/dog-training-classes/obedience-training.html

I did not know that there was such a thing but apparently, the dog gym business is booming. The time has come for all good pooches to work out, swim, dog yoga and more.  Since so many dogs (and cats) are obese (like their owners) in this country, putting a dog on a diet and exercise regime is just what the vet ordered. And studies show that working out with a friend increases the odds that you’ll stick with the program. Some human gyms have added doggie classes for pet and owner.

According to the Association of Canine Water Therapy, there are 25 registered dog gyms across the country.

Some gyms have pools, others just have dog agility equipment, treadmills and such.

What to Look For in an Exercise Facility

Whether it is a facility that is made only for exercise, or it is a dog day care that includes a daily schedule for exercise, make sure to ask for a tour of the facility before you make a commitment to use their services. Get a good look at the equipment, the yards, the kennels, and any other place your dog will be spending time. Make sure that the people running the facility are accredited for recognizing and treating emergencies in animals and that they are very familiar with the physiology of a dog. Also, make sure that they use positive reinforcement training.

You can also construct a doggie jungle gym for use in your backyard.

http://www.ehow.com/info_8543241_jungle-gyms-dogs.html

Before you start, take into account your dog’s endurance level, age and temperament. Older dogs, obese dogs, and young puppies should start slow and build endurance over time.

Doggie Yoga

Your dog does the “downward facing dog” pose every day, also known as the play bow, with rear in the air and the front paws/arms are outstretched in front. Find a class near you or get a video, learn the poses and Ommmmm you go, inside or outside on a flat, grassy area in the back yard or park.

Dancing with the Paws

Dancing with dogs is a competitive sport but you can jazzercise with Fido at home. Just put on some loud music and rock n roll. Shake your booty.

A Bicycle Built for Fido

Biking is the way some people roll. My roommates both bike everywhere but so far have not been able to convince either of them to take Cici along for the ride. She loves to run and would enjoy the brisk pace of a bicycle ride. When she sees other neighbors bicycling, she just naturally wants to join in the fun. Or she’s barking at the motion of the wheels. Be careful if you bike that the dog’s leash does not get into the spokes. Take some safety precautions. You can outfit your bike to roll with your canine for safety. Start with short distances, in low-traffic, low-pedestrian areas. Talk to your dog, or sing, and advance, when ready to biking with your dog off-leash, running next to you.

More info:

https://celiasue.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/biking-with-your-dog/

When Cici and I went shopping and I was in the scooter cart, she LOVED LOVED LOVED scooting/running next to me the whole time. And I am a crazy bumper car type driver in those things. But she got very good, very fast, and learned how to avoid any collisions with me. Smart girl.

Roller Skating/Blading

You could also have your dog take the lead and go skating with them ahead of you. Be careful !

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