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Tornado survivor dogs in Alabama

Friends, on the show Pit Bulls and Parolees last night, they showed how tornadoes devastated and killed people and dogs in Tuscaloosa, AL… A dog rescue there, K9 Camp, lost 22 dogs (out of 50+)…  they are in the process of rebuilding the buildings they had, and dogs and humans are now living out of tents…

for me personally, watching the episode, it was intense. One family lost EVERYTHING except each other and they had already been through a lot personally.

They need a lot of assistance… donations of food, treats, leashes, dog bones, crates, kennels, building supplies and cash are welcome and volunteers to help them rebuild.  Please do what you can to help, and please let others in your network know too.  here’s info.
Tuscaloos K9 Camp
366 Willcutt Rd.
Berry, AL. 35546
or/Sophia (volunteer coordinator) 425-985-3689

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on the road again with your pup…

having had five hours (barely) sleep at this motel in Florence, Oregon, i am cranky… and decided that i am going to put my crankiness to productive use and name names of the crappiest motels I’ve ever stayed in, as a warning to you, dear readers.  Run do not walk away from these places or get your money back…

and why does it seem that too many Visitor Center employees are rude?  aren’t they supposed to be paid friendly, kind and helpful???

for instance, the Visitor’s Center in Bodega Bay has a very cranky old lady there who got annoyed because I asked her a few questions…  she is NOT doing her job, fire her !!!

now the Visitor’s Center folks in Medford and in Ashland, OR were wonderful, for the most part and the Visitor’s welcome centers in Yucca Valley, CA and Barstow, CA are really great… as are most of the visitor center folks in Laughlin and Jean, NV

a word about budget motels… this is any motel under $100 these days.  Now as far as I am concerned, $50-70 is not so budget, $50 a night is $350 a week or $1,400 a month, when you can rent a place for $600-800 a month, $50 a night is not budget…  now $10-30 is budget… and even so, if some innkeepers can provide a DECENT room for that price, then so can others…  I don’t think that it is too much to ask for a motel for $50-70 to provide a decent room that is CLEAN, quiet, without bugs, fleas or other creatures, has amenities that work, like showers and toilets, does not smell, is nontoxic, etc. But apparently, some innkeepers provide crappy motel service and icky rooms and don’t mind charging for the bad experience.

The designation AAA approved apparently also does not mean anything anymore either so don’t be fooled. The motel we stayed at last night is supposed to be that.  And I even looked at the room and thought it looked decent but I was wrong.

A couple of years ago, i stayed in Jean, Nevada, about 20 minutes south of Las Vegas at the Whiskey Pete’s and Nevada Landing (NL is closed now), for $20-22 a night, that’ s right, in 2006 i used to book rooms in casinos (pre-Cici)… with Travelworm (the regular rack rate was $27 a night)… they do not take pets. The rooms were not luxury suites but for the most part, they were decent, as were most of the casino rooms I stayed at in both Jean, Primm, Mesquite and Laughlin, Nevada.  Yes, casinos offer great incentives such as cheap rooms and cheap food so that you will gamble your money away while you stay there. And they give comps too if you do.  And who else can compete?  Well, i think that if one motel can provide decent accommodation at an affordable price then so can others… period end of story.

it seems like any motel in or near Sacramento is the pits, the best place I stayed nearby was the Red Roof Inn in Rancho Cordova, but I went to a few other motels and blah, ick, eeewww… need I say more? and why is this????
i stayed at your motel and paid a few hundred dollars or $50 for one night and all I got was this lousy shampoo, body lotion or pastry…  orange juice, coffee, donuts and english muffins do not a continental breakfast make… how about some fresh fruit you cheapskates for $80 a night, give me SOMETHING TO TAKE HOME ….

Top Ten Worst Motels on the Face of the Planet

1. Edgewater Hotel and Casino, Laughlin, NV, registration was a pain, I had to wait until 3 pm (never a problem anywhere else if i arrived early), after 3 pm, the room was still not ready, the people at the front desk were rude, and the room when it was supposed to be ready was not exactly clean, i yelled a lot and got a comp, $50 worth of food that i had to use all that same day, i ate in the restaurant and threw up all night, the maid threw away all of my shampoo, toothbrush, and other supplies because i traveled light, without luggage, and she thought that i checked out, so they comped me for the replacement of these items…   I would definitely never stay there nor at the River Palms, who were rude on Xmas day… my favorite places bar none in Laughlin are Harrah’s and the Ramada Express…  they do not allow pets though…

2. Blu Lite or Ripon Motel in Ripon, CA, back when i had my kitty cat Precious, who was the worst furry traveler ever, he cried the entire time i drove, we had the misfortune of stopping in this tiny town. I paid for the room, started to bring Precious inside and was told they do not allow pets and not only that but the guy would not give me my money back. I was exhausted and spent half the night in my car trying to console my cat.  There is no reason to make people miserable. People make mistakes, why would you want to make an unhappy customer even unhappier by forcing them to pay and stay???

3. Motel 6’s used to be a good bargain place to stay.  In a few locations, they still are pretty good but $50 a night is not such a bargain. Anyway, the Carson City, NV location is decent so is Ukiah, CA but some are decidedly not…  I did write to the corporate folks because of the locations below and did get comped for a few nights.  There are others in cities that i would not even consider staying at. Why doesn’t Motel 6 provide decent accommodations for an affordable price anymore???  They charge an extra $3 a day now for wireless internet, don’t have refrigerators in the rooms nor free breakfast and jack the rates on the weekends, holidays and in the summer.

Motel 6, Eureka, CA just plain stinks… the room was dirty, nothing worked in the room and when I complained, I got attitude. At least, they gave me my money back.

Motel 6, 29 Palms, used to be decent, but last time we were there was awful, bed bugs, noisy and not a great experience

Motel 6, Marina and Watsonville, CA, I was disappointed in the Marina because i had stayed there before and it was nice, but when I went back last year, i could not find a clean room, and finally settled for one i was not thrilled with.  Watsonville is just plain NOISY.

Motel 6, Gilroy, used to be good but seems to be going downhill.

4. Budget Inn, off the 101, i never stayed here but i went there once when i was looking for a motel and it was JUST PLAIN DIRTY, i got my money back and left

5. Monterey Surf Motel, Monterey, CA, it was a hassle checking in with the dog and then the bathroom was not working properly and i woke up with bed bug bites, and they were rude about it all … recently, i stayed at the El Adobe Inn for $70 which was ok and I would stay there again… but affordable motels in Monterey are getting hard to come by…  The Motel 6 is pricey and it was decent, i used one of my comp nights there…

6. Old Towne Inn, Florence, OR, the kid at the front desk does not have a clue about anything, cannot breathe due to stuff some places like this one use on the carpet, ugh, I was itchy all night, it was too hot, then too cold when he opened the window, i could not get a phone call through and he told me he did not know what to do, finally i suggested that he make the call for me which he did, but it was noisy and they have a million rules about pets, made me give them a credit card in case my dog did something terrible, ok, some pet owners make it bad for the rest of us by letting their pets go nuts in motel rooms, tearing up the places,  you cannot bring your pet traveling and leave it alone in a strange place, duh…

7.  Two motels in Laughlin, NV or Bullhead City AZ, for new years eve, i had to pay $100 for this DUMP because there was no other possibility… but the      Lodge On The River had fleas and seemed dusty

8.   El Rancho Delores motel in 29 Palms, CA, have had mixed experiences here, some good, one really bad, there was a rat or squirrel in my room, ick eeewww, need i say more?  stay at the Best Western or the Roughley Manor B&B

9.  Avi casino, Laughlin, NV, it was ok, but saw a bug or two

10. Aquarius, Laughlin NV

there were bedbugs, they took photos of the bites, red itchy welts i woke up with and they asked me a lot of questions and had me sign waivers (in case i decided to sue them afterwards)… i did not want a comp, why would i ever stay there again?

you are now warned… beware… and if any of the innkeepers at any of the above motels want their guests to have a good experience and are willing to take care of the problems, in other words, take responsibility, please let me know and I will let my readers know that you have repented and seen the light !   on the road again with your pup…

from the sublime to the ridiculous… paid $30 a night at the vet hospital for boarding cici in a cage, now these pet hotels charge $40-100 a night for pet lodging, cage free suites…  so if these places are good enough for the dog, they might consider having motels that are decent for humans, too !!!

more pooching on the ritz…carlton that is…

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free weekly giveaway ends tomorrow… yurts anyone?

ok, you have one more day, the last few days no one else has submitted any entries… which makes us think that we should give people a shorter amount of time… for the next giveaway, you will have a day or two… Internet time is faster than real time…   we have some wonderful new surprises and resources coming up… 

yesterday, while writing about yurts and affordable and alternative housing for my blog for the Seattle newspaper, I came across two cute photos (below)… a dog in a yurt and a couple of llamas in a yurt…since I don’t yet know how to post photos there, and since they are animals, thought I’d post them here for you to enjoy… and if you don’t know and want to know what a yurt is, visit my other blog below (hint: a yurt is a round or circular or dome housing structure used by nomads in Mongolia, Russia and even in the USA)…  am thinking that they will come in handy on some land for the K9 healing center, some yurts for the animals, a yurt for myself, for staff and guests… yurts are in campgrounds across America, there are yurt bed and breakfast inns, and yurts have endured extreme weather such as snow, rain, and heat… they are extremely affordable… portable… and easy to put up, good for emergency relief shelter, nomads, dog kennels, dog weddings, mobile offices, writer’s retreat, artists studio, dog camps, doggie daycare and doggie education centers.  Women writers with dogs retreat and healing center… 

If anyone would like to donate land, yurts, expertise and other resources for the doggie healing and education center, please let me know.  we will need to set up a 5013c non-profit status, grants, and donations… am going to announce a Creative Expression contest this week which will help launch and fund the healing center so get in on the ground floor, for the pups.






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Dog day afternoons at doggie daycare camp, K9 approved Four Paws Up…

These mutts of ours have it ruff ruff, bow wow… I tell Cici all the time when she’s whining about something trivial like I haven’t played with her in five minutes that she’s so deprived… NOT… spoiled rotten pup…



I have never taken her to doggie daycare or doggie camp but am very inspired by these places below… I picked places around the country that just seemed like a lot of fun… what pet owner wouldn’t want to leave their dog for a day, a week or two at a doggie ranch where the pooches play inside and outside, romp, work, swim, and are teamed up with dogs who match their energy, size, and temperament?  Some of these places have acres of fun, a structured environment, sometimes play, naps, meal times, individual attention (the best ones, I think), to give the pups the best of all worlds… and best of all they are cage free… no steely stark hard cold jail-like confinements for these mutts… some have comfortable homes with couches and others give the mutts and their owners a choice of accommodations. It’s a dog’s life!


If you are an owner or manager of a doggie daycare ranch or resort or if you know someone, I would LOVE to work with you (especially if you are in a warmer climate, California, here we come again !)   and I also would like to visit and write about the experience, so invite us for a visit and we will let the world know about you!

it has been snowing all week, brrrrrr…. and while Cici loves to play in the snow, her mom, wants to move south asap… and I would love a job where I could bring my dog to work…  and I also work freelance…

Our Bed & Biscuit Suites are the ultimate in luxury. Each private suite comes with a flat screen TV built into the wall. Every guest gets a full sized toddler bed, toys and food. They even get a massage before bedtime! These suites are more quiet and are a great choice for dogs that tend to get easily stressed or for older dogs or just for those dogs that enjoy the good life.l


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Welcome to the Four Paws Up Press…

Welcome to the Four Paws Up Press, Press Release a Month Club

 It is now January and the media and the rest of the world are discussing New Year’s Resolutions… If you are considering garnering publicity or writing press releases for your veterinary practice, pet rescue organization or shelter or pet related product or service business, it’s a good time to get started to obtain Four Paws Up Press.

Maybe press release writing is on your I should list of resolutions, along with I should lose weight, stop smoking and start an exercise program. Perhaps I should network and get out into the community more (if only I had the time), I should write a book, I should put a blog on my website could also be on your I should list. While your I should list sits on the shelf waiting for you to take some action, have you ever noticed that the more you procrastinate, the more dust gathers and that eventually your entire I should list ends up swept underneath the carpet where it becomes a mountain high obstacle that looms and overwhelms and you wind up just forgetting the whole thing?

So what keeps us from acting in our own best interest? Well, many people are afraid of public speaking. In fact, according to a Gallup poll, most would prefer to die than speak in public. Picking up a pen and writing something down is another fear many people have. Perhaps you had a mean English teacher who put the fright of the pen into you. On top of these anxieties, many folks are mystified by the entire public relations process. At best, you may have mixed feelings about enhancing your visibility. That’s why many of you belong to the I should club in the first place. It’s precisely the very things that are good for us that we tend to postpone, delay, and put off for some day (the day between Sunday and Monday). Why? We were taught in school, by parents, and society that it isn’t nice to brag or boast or we might get a swellhead and a big ego. Nobody likes a braggart. And then perhaps you had a sibling who got a lot of attention for being sick, weak or even in trouble a lot. As the good guy or gal, you got a pat on the head or told you can do better. Your room never seemed to be clean enough, the grades were never enough, or the chore list went on forever. Some people give up; some try harder, always frustrated, never enough. Never good enough.

Just a suggestion but there is a way to solve this dilemma. You could make a commitment and join the Four Paws Up Press Release a Month Club. You could commit to writing at least one press release a month and putting the word out about your veterinary practice, pet rescue organization or shelter or pet related product or service business. Even if you just put up a website with info where people can find you. Or write articles for newspapers and magazines.

Below are some other ideas to make it easy for you. Write a press release or article for every month of the year and focus upon holidays.

January Write a press release about New Year’s Resolutions (how can your particular practice tie-in to that topic?) Perhaps you can offer tips about pet care management, benefits of ongoing vet care or how to find a great vet (pet sitter, pet massage therapist, doggie daycare or whatever your specific pet related business is).

February Write a press release related to Valentine’s Day. Puppy love or Famous Cats and Dogs Getting Along are perfect for the month of love and romance. Write a humorous, quirky entertaining and educational tips list for pet owners and your readers (and potential new clients) will love it.

March Write a press release with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Or create a funny holiday such as Green pet day and then tell the world. Take photos, videos and send them along to the media. A lawyer in Las Vegas did a yearly St. Patrick’s Day party in June every year.

April Write a press release about Easter topics, rejuvenation, redemption, forgiveness and how these tie into pets. Everyone loves a good heartwarming tale. Perhaps you could cite how your practice saved a pet, rescued a pit bull, or inspired a million dollar donation to a good pet cause.

May Write a press release about spring, Cinco de Mayo or summer plans. Also, Dog Spas and Canine rehabilitation are very in and trendy. Partner with other pet-related businesses and organizations. Co-sponsor a contest or special promotion or fundraiser giving donations/proceeds to a pet rescue charity. Suggestion: if you put on an event, promote it at least six months ahead of time (ideally) or at least three months ahead of time for maximum coverage.

June Write a press release on tips for how to keep pets safe, cool and hydrated during the summer heat. Or create a fun dogs who work for a living need a break day.

July Write a press release about keeping pets safe on July 4th or nifty vacation tips and pet travel that include a visit to the vet before, or afterwards. And/or what to do in case of a pet emergency, first aid kit for pets. How to find a great kennel, boarding facility and/or pet sitter.

August Write a press release with tips on swimming with your dog and enjoying the Dog Days of Summer at the Beach.

September Write a press release about pet separation anxiety.

October Write a spooky press release with photos about the pet costume party that you are sponsoring.

November Write a press release about Thanksgiving, with recipes for healthy pet food and treats.

December Write a press release on pet gift giving, highlighting unique and funny high tech pet gifts, products and services, that you just happen to sell.

Be sure to post these press releases on your website and distribute the releases to your media contact list and via online press distribution services such as,, and others.

Voila, congratulations, another whole year has gone by and you have written one press release once a month. See how much easier that was than shoulding the press release writing under the carpet? Be sure to note each month and at the end of the year, how much your business expanded. Have you become a local or national celebrity, garnered more traffic to your website, been invited to speak at meetings or conferences? Tally up the results you’ve accrued, they may surprise you.

Four Paws Up Press now offers a Do It Yourself Kit that is specific to veterinary practice, pet rescue organization or shelter and pet related product or service businesses (there are also industry specific Red Hot Cuppa Publici-tea kits for authors, doctors, green businesses, entrepreneurs and products for women, too). If you really don’t want to do the work, hire a press release writer or publicist to work the kit for you.

Write to me, and I will send you more info about the Four Paws Up Press Release a Month Club/Kit and how to write press releases that get published.


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spoiling your dog rotten… she’s such a silly brat…



my dog is a spoiled brat and proud of it… she was growling at me last night because I had the audacity to feed myself and not give her any scraps… she had food in her bowl waiting for her to chow down but she had to see what I had first before she would touch it… yes, I have on occasion been known to share my food with her… and now she expects people food as part of her diet…  a little bit of turkey, chicken, scrambled eggs with turkey ham, hot dogs, cheese and such… I was hungry last night and did not give her anything… tsk tsk tsk… 


we got the carpet cleaned yesterday and I took her with me, it was cold outside but she was better behaved in the car than she would have  been at home, I gave her a nice big juicy new bone to chew and she gnawed away… I checked in on her often and took her for a walk or three… 



So now I have a dream/vision… and a dog who seriously needs her nails clipped… she does not like to bathe, although she likes to be in the bathroom while I take a shower, go figure… nor will she let me near her paws…. I cut her nails twice, one nail at a time, and cut the quick the first time out, so she’s a bit leery… understandably… 


anyway, back to my dream… a doggie healing center, complete with a holistic vet, animal communicator, doggie day camp/ranch, K9 spa, massage, groomer, swim pool/aqua paws, dog cuisine/chef, canine reflexology, barkery, a one stop shop for your pooch… 


anyone game?  let’s talk…


now here’s some sites that offer pedicures for your pooch, a ridiculously expensive spa for dogs in NYC, talk about spoiled pooches and cool doggie day care/ranches… 




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It’s all in the k-9 handbook…

it’s all in the K9 Handbook…  cagey canines are taught some nifty tricks… including: 


look innocent until proven guilty, then bow your head, lick hands, feet, face (in that order) of your human and beg for mercy (and treats)…


Vacationing With Your Pet

Pets Are Traveling Too!

As pets are becoming more integrated into our families, pet owners are looking for vacation options that include their pets! A recent study by the Travel Industry Association indicated that in the last three years 29.1 million people (about 14% of the U.S. adult population) have traveled with a pet. The most popular pet travel companion is a dog.



dog park etiquette, dog sports and crate training info…

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