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The Promised Land on a Horse with No Name

500 women over the age of 50 on the monterey bay peninsula are experiencing what I have as well as people across the country have been writing to me telling me their stories. Cici and I are overwhelmed with gratitude for the people who have sent me kind words, donations and offers to help us.  A special thank you to Melody and Diane, two inspiring women who gave us hope and friendship on the road.

http://www.vox.com/first-person/2016/9/29/12941348/homeless-over-50-statistic

 

Thank you to Eleanor at Vox and Karen Turner for their kindness and assistance with this article.

 

We have been featured on some pretty high profile pages, see below.

 

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We also love what our friend Wanda Sue wrote about us in this week’s Cedar Street Times:

 

Monterey Workshop addresses Affordable Housing Solutions

Ask yourself: Now what was that all about?

Reducing a speech, lecture, or event into a one-line summary isn’t easy, but you’ll be surprised what you discover by condensing a major phenomenon into ten words or less.

If interested, try this: Focus on one specific event, such as the first Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump last Monday. Then ask: What was that all about?

When I did the exercise, fifteen hours of contemplation resulted in extracting a comment Hillary made at the opening of the debate. Paraphrased, the most-important message I culled from event was:

One out of two Americans lives paycheck to paycheck

Never mind the fact neither candidate mentioned the H word. Hillary’s statement implied poverty is already a national epidemic. Mass homelessness proportional to disenfranchised Americans of the  Great Depression years seems imminent, even in a paradise like Monterey..

That not-too-distant future is now for CeliaSue Hecht, about whom you’ve read in this newspaper.

The former journalist who’s now homeless lives a nomadic life which is currently reminiscent of Biblical times.

Monterey’s rider on a horse with no name

CeliaSue is a stalwart symbol of bright, sober and mature homeless women with both courage and talent. She is a well-bred middle-class, college-educated former New Yorker, age 66, whom homelessness turned into a living example of the legendary person crossing the desert on a horse with no name. The steed in her case is a dusty white van shared with her dog Cici. It serves as the office from which she freelances as a writer and blogger.

During the six-months in which the City of Monterey was researching the feasibility of adopting five amendments to its Housing Element, each of which might hopefully ameliorate the affordable housing crisis in the city, CeliaSue Hecht went south to avoid becoming a starfish on another cold winter beach in Monterey.

Hoping to find a cozy room at an inn, she found instead, what I would succinctly define as a temporary oasis in The Promised Land for the Homeless, otherwise known as the desert near Giant Rock Airport.

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The Promised Land for the Homeless?

CeliaSue has been sleeping in a trailer on a campsite where she helps tend a herd of thirty-plus goats. There is no running water or electricity, but a perk in this region noted for flying saucer sightings is an occasional anomaly above the yucca trees that could be a fortuitous sign or even revelation of future things to come.

Look at the photo and ask yourself: What is this streak all about?  Then try to define it in ten words or less.

As a  help, you might remember the most-beloved Bible story of them all, in which a bright star appears over the manger in which an infant sleeps while shepherds tend their flocks by night.

When I asked myself what this is all about, the answer was: History repeats itself.

If this goat could talk, it might reveal where the homeless go from here by baa-baa-baa-ing, “There’s lots of  land in the Great American Southwest!

 

 

SAVING LIVES

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. You can also contribute here:

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Dog laws pros and cons

California has now made it legal for people to break car windows in order to break a dog out of a hot car.

“As of August 2016, Vermont joined forces with Tennessee, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio in passing laws to protect good Samaritans who assist dogs locked in hot cars.”

Palm Springs has made it illegal for people to leave their dogs in their cars.

Many people applaud these measures. Don’t get me wrong, dogs shouldn’t die in hot cars AND there are other issues about this to consider and SOLVE which these laws do NOT DO.

http://outwardhound.com/buzzwoof/barking-news/this-state-just-made-it-leagal-to-break-dogs-out-of-hot-cars

For instance, people like me who take their dogs on trips, who are single and alone and cannot leave their pooches in the motel, and must take their dogs with them wherever they go, sure, these laws are meant to save dog’s lives… but in Palm Springs it is illegal to keep your dog in a car, even if it is COOL weather or night, this goes TOO FAR. if dogs are not allowed in stores, there is NO PLACE FOR THEM TO BE. Where am I supposed to put CICI, tie her up outside a store ????

A woman called the police while I was shopping at Trader Joe’s one cool morning. I usually take Cici inside with me and did not know about the law. She was fine with the windows wide open. As I was at the cashier and leaving, the manager asked if that was my car and told me about the woman and the law.

 

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There are laws that DESERVE TO BE BROKEN or should never have been made to begin with in my humble opinion.  What do you think ?

 

Speaking of which, MONTREAL’s wrong minded response to an incident and just passed a really horrible BSL law that will put too many dogs lives at stake. Rescues are trying to get dogs out of Montreal ASAP as we speak but families are being torn apart and heartbroken for what ????? outlawing dogs for the WAY THEY LOOK IS JUST PLAIN INSANE and goes against EVERYTHING dog experts agree upon on how to COMBAT effectively dog bites and dog aggression. Breed Specific Legislation does NOTHING but waste taxpayer dollars and has proven to be completely ineffective at curbing dog bites. In fact, in some places, dog bites went up because BREED and dog’s looks have NOTHING TO DO WITH whether  a dog will bite or be aggressive or not.

There are 5 or  red flags that are PROVEN that can lead to a dog attacking or biting.

A dog who is or has been abused, a dog who is left alone in a yard, all day and night and is not socialized nor trained, a dog who is left to roam the streets, a mama with puppies, a dog who is sick and NEVER LEAVE A CHILD OF ANY AGE ALONE WITH A DOG, NO DOG, NONE. These are the RED FLAGS … AND APPLY TO ALL BREEDS of DOGS!!!!!!

“legislators voted in 37 to 23 favor of breed-specific legislation, effectively outlawing any dog that resembles a pit bull — unless owners meet a strict set of conditions.

“Under the ban — which loosely covers American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers — no dog considered a pit bull can be adopted from Montreal shelters.

“For dogs that don’t have an ‘owner’ on the day of the passing of the legislation, the way the legislation is drafted, the dogs have to be euthanized,” Alanna Devine, of the Montreal SPCA, told The Dodo last week.

“…The legislation was proposed after a spate of dog attacks in the city. Among them, the most notorious resulted in a woman being killed by a dog in her yard last June. But, even in that case, there’s doubt whether the dog that attacked her was even a pit bull.

“Under the law, people who own dogs deemed pit bulls have until March to undergo a criminal background check and pay $150 for a special permit. Their dog will have to be sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped —as well as muzzled and on a 4-foot leash at all times in public.”

https://www.thedodo.com/pit-bull-ban-montreal-passed-2019462088.html

 

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What you can do:

Sign the petition, write to the officials, speak out against BSL and adopt a dog from MONTREAL asap.

 

 

 

 

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Relaxing Spa in the Desert

If your dog could speak s/he would tell you to Leave the hustle, bustle, traffic, noise and smog behind and bring them to The Dog Spa Resort and Wellness Center for a fun time together. The DogSpa is the pet friendliest place on the planet, never mind Palm Springs and it is for both humans and canines. Talk about dogitude. The place oozes dog friendly vibes. For one thing, dogs go unleash everywhere, there are no pet fees, no restrictions in terms of size, weight and breed, and you can leave the dog in the room if the dog will behave.

That does not mean there are no rules. Guests are reminded not to feed their dogs in public, no treats in common areas, to pick up after their dogs, and to supervise their dogs at all times. The DogSpa is the brainchild of Paula Terifaj, a holistic vet, who knows dogs, knows dog body language and she watches out for any problem dogs. She wants the DogSpa to be a really fun relaxing place for everyone. She also rescues dogs and wants to get the many dogs in shelters adopted into forever homes.

“I wanted to create some place unique, different, a really dog friendly place for people and their four legged family members, to unwind, unplug and relax with fresh air, sunshine and mineral water pools,” she explained. The soothing mineral water is what really attracts people to this area. Year round swimming in a hot springs pool and getting a stress-releasing massage, who could ask for anything more?

Paula bought the intimate hotel in 2009 and spent two years renovating it to her specifications. There is a dog park that is fenced that dogs can enjoy. Dogs Vacation Free here. And if your dog happens to fall into a pool with you, well then, whoopsie. This resort takes dog friendly into a whole other realm.

The point is for you and your dog to share the experience. You do not want to have your dog stuck in some kennel or room while you are away having fun. People benefit from the whole experience and their dogs get to be part of it, too.  Imagine lazy days lying in the sun, swimming in the pool, enjoying the hot tub, and your dog is lying on a towel next to you relaxing, too.

A dog named black lab mix named Jake greeted Cici and I. He was running around the pool with a ball in his mouth that he would not let go of come heck or mineral water. Cici also met one of Paula’s dogs, Brad Pit, a brown beagle and pit bull mix. He was guarding the area between the kitchen and the dog park (a relaxation area). We did not get to meet her other dog, Black Beauty.

 

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We stayed in a luxury Suite 4 (with café kitchen).Cafe Kitchens feature a full sized refrigerator, ice, coffeemaker, microwave, toaster, sink, and dinnerware. There are only six unique rooms including Wellness rooms with purified water, air, magnet beds and so much more.

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Ahhhhhhh….

  • Two hot mineral pools kept at the perfect temperature year around. Large swimming pool at a comfortable 88° F and Jacuzzi at a therapeutic 102° F. Both heated without gas by an underground hot water well.
  • Complimentary health conscious buffet breakfast from 8am until 10am.

If you live in LA or San Diego and want to spend a weekend or vacation and enjoy the mineral hot springs pool in Desert Hot Springs (a few minutes from Palm Springs), then this IS the place to visit. It is only two hours from LA and San Diego and you can bring your pooch(es).

 

Speaking of dog parks, Paula suggests:

l. Be prepared and be vigilant.

2. Bring a spray bottle of water, know where there is a hose, or bring an air horn or a whistle to use if dogs are not getting along.

3. Be mindful

4. Keep your eyes and ears on your dog at all times.

5. Be aware of the weather. Dogs should NEVER be left along in a hot car and in the summer, the pavement may be too hot for their paws and can burn their pads.

If you are seeking a small intimate healthy environment to do workshops or seminars or retreats, you may be able to rent the entire property for a yoga workshop, a cooking, meditation, or healthy retreat.

Ask for the Double the Fun special as well as a dog spa gift certificate. You and your dog deserve stress-free pampering time!   Click on the link below to find out more.

http://www.dogsparesort.com/

You can also go shopping with your dog at The River (a dog friendly shopping mall in nearby Palm Desert, yes indeed)…

and there are hiking trails. Click the link below to find out all about the trails, dog park and where to eat with your pooch, too.

http://www.dogsparesort.com/dogs-welcome

 

There are some other dog parks in the area in case you want to visit (but you will enjoy the one at the Dog Spa Resort more than any of the others, we betcha plus who wants to drive all the way to Palm Desert or Indio when you and your pooch came here to stretch your paws and woof it up !

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Most Romantic Inns in California

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we don’t know about those inns above but what we do know about is the most romantic AND pet friendly AND eco friendly inns in California.  Fabulous gourmet food AND the Best chocolate yummies, too. So here’s our list of those.

Not an inn but a fantastic venue:

1. Island Hotel in Newport Beach IslandHotel.com (Kai Pua Ritual for Two at the Island Spa, exemplary service and romantic dinners in the Palm Terrace Restaurant and Lounge, where couples can woo one another with champagne and chocolate desserts in the unique Cocoa Lounge)

2. MacCallum House, Mendocino  maccallumhouse.com (hot tub under the stars, fabulous wedding venue and phenomenal food) American Historic Inns, Inc. (AHI), publisher of more than 2.7 million guidebooks and parent company to iLoveInns.com, an award-winning Website, named MacHouse #1 of their 2009 Top 10 Romantic Inns. iloveinns.com/2009Top10RomanticInns.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Bardessono’s in Yountville

4. Strawberry Creek Inn, Idyllwild strawberrycreekinn.com (mountain heaven, eco friendly wedding venue and not pet friendly, their Bunkhouse is though)

5. Oak Knoll Inn, Napa

Not pet friendly but go for the chocolate!

 

5.  Greenwood Pier Inn & Cafe, Elk greenwoodpierinn.com (spectacular views, lovely wedding venue and intimate setting)

7. Little River Inn, Little River littleriverinn.com (amazing ocean views on the patios for two, hot tub for two inside the room and fireplace plus relaxing spa treatments)

8. Blue Whale Inn, Cambria bluewhaleinn.com (honeymooners delight, across from the ocean, lots of amenities and delicious breakfast, cookies and chocolates, sweets for you and your sweetie)

9. Casa Cody, Inn, Palm Springs (beautifully decorated, intimate wedding venue and quiet accommodations in the heart of Palm Springs)

10.  Highland Ranch could be a fun place to enjoy relaxation and romance. If you stay at the ranch Friday night, you will receive 3 nights for the price of 2! Enjoy a menu of romantic meals fresh flowers and complimentary Scharffenberger chocolate and champagne. Go for a romantic horseback ride to a beautiful vista and then cozy up together next to the fireplace in your cabin. Dogs will enjoy the warmth of the fireplace, too. Plus, they offer one FREE massage per couple. Email: stay@highlandranch.com

Be sure to bring some of your own chocolate goodies to dip into for a deliciously intimate experience of your own making.

 

Crater Lake Company’s Chocolate Truffle Body Polish with the aroma of pure chocolate.  Made with organic and fair-trade cocoa and pure white cane sugar, this decadently divine body  scrub protects the skin from environmental factors that can age and ultimately dull the skin.   $22 at craterlakecompany.com.

 

 

DaBomb Yummy Soaps: Fraiche specializes in bath bomb swizzles and goat’s milk soaps, Rich Dark Chocolate soap is a special treat under $8.00. Three pak with rose, cherryliciious and rich dark Chocolate soaps. More info at: http://www.myfraiche.com 20% off by using coupon code fraiche20

 

Chocolate Dreamz Valentines Gift (the yummiest smelling) consists of 4 oz. Chocolate Dreamz Scrubz and matching scented 2 oz. Oilz by Scrubz.  Handmade in small batches.  Jars are recyclable, bags and scoops reusable.  Use only the finest food grade and organic oils in base. Scents are created using the highest standard essential and fragrance oils.  scrubzbodyscrub.com

 

And when you’re in the mood for a chocoholic snack:

Distinct Flavors to Make you Drool

Caramel Sprinkled With Grey Salt, Espresso, Cognac, Rose, Jasmine, Cinnamon/Cayenne, Shitake Mushroom, and more

http://gailambrosius.com/explore-flavors/

 

Chocolate Dufflets Crackle, Tumbles, and Morsels are created from entirely natural ingredients. The Crackle is a twist on the classic Florentine that encases toasted nuts within sheaths of layered Belgian dark chocolate. Visit www.duffletsweets.com

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Does your city/town have dogitude?

Our top 9 cities in California with dogitude

Click on the place to see what we wrote about each of them. For some, there may be multiple posts about them. You can do a search for Carmel, Idyllwild, Monterey, Napa, and Mendocino, below.


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Does your city/town have dogitude?

Traveling around to more than 75 places in California, Cici and I found it is often a mixed bag.  Just as pet friendly inns and hotels may say they are pet friendly but sometimes are not quite up to snuff, the same is true for cities and towns. How would you rate your city, town or village based upon the criteria below?  Please let us know. Thanks.

1. Are there plenty of large, green, clean and fenced dog parks with shade, trees, shrubs, bushes, pet waste stations, water, trash bins and picnic tables where people can sit and dogs can rest?

If there is no dedicated dog park or the only parks in town are not fenced, tiny, no room to run, have gravel or wood shavings (difficult for furry paws),  dirty, with no shade, then no, your city is not really dog friendly and does not have dogitude.

Example: Monterey has a dismal dog park, full of wood shavings, teeny tiny and the beaches allow dogs but certain dog breeds (pit bulls) are not very welcome. Nearby Carmel allows dogs on the beach, but it is difficult to go up and down. The Marina does not allow dogs on the beach but there is a decent fenced dog park near the CSUMB campus and residential area.

2. Are big and small dogs as well as all breeds allowed and/or welcomed at stores?

At Del Monte Shopping Center in Monterey, dogs big and small, rule. They are allowed in Macy’s, Borders Express, Petco, Rite-Aid, the bank and many other stores. Also, Starbucks and others are happy to give water to pups. Plus, the mall’s kiosk has a water bowl outside (not always filled) and dog cookies, too. Even Macy’s has cookies for dogs. My Cici is a medium sized dog, plus she is Dalmatian/Pit bull mix. And she is welcomed practically everywhere. Del Monte also has a lot of cushioned outdoor couches for people to sit on. They do not encourage dogs to rest on them in the sun, however. Ask Cici, she was kicked off.

3. Are dogs welcomed at restaurants or other food establishments?

Carmel restaurants even have doggie menus, some allow dogs inside, and there are lots and lots of places to choose from. Many allow dogs outside on patios.  Some places that sell food use the excuse that they do to not allow dogs inside (Some Pier One type establishments, for one). But others still allow dogs inside. Borders Express sells candy (is that food?) and allow dogs inside while Borders in Sand City (which has a Seattle coffee shop inside) does not.

4. Are dogs allowed off-leash on hiking trails and other public spaces?

Carmel, Pacific Grove and Marina have numerous places for dogs to run and meet and greet their pals. They allow dogs to be off-leash. Dogs are supposed to be trained, under voice control and wearing tags, but not everyone complies to these rules. Sometimes, there are too many dogs.

5. Are there state of the art veterinary facilities and top-notch vets in the area?

Carmel and Pacific Grove have several and offer holistic vet care facilities also.

6. Are there locally owned pet shops that sell only high quality food with a variety of foods, such as raw food, kibble, and canned food? Are they places that do not sell animals, nor sell choke or shock collars? Do they answer your questions about food, treats, training, supplements with a friendly manner, give your dog treats and know what is going on in the pet community? Do they have pet adoption fairs?

Carmel has several such pet food stores and one chain, Pet Food Express, that offers all of the above and more.

7.  Are the people you meet at malls, in stores, on the sidewalk, at parks, beaches, on trails and elsewhere, generally friendly to you and your dog? How do they treat their own animals?

Our experiences with Carmel and Monterey are much more positive than not. But, it would be nice if some people at the dog beaches were friendlier towards pit bulls and pit bull mixes. And if some people would treat their own dogs better (remember the dog inside the BMW or Mercedes without air and Lola the mini poodle next door who is outside 24/7?)

8.  Are dogs allowed on public transit (buses, trains)?

Not unless they are service dogs in Monterey and Carmel.

9. Are there plenty of dog-friendly hotels, motels, inns, B&B’s?

Carmel is well known for Doris Day’s Cypress Inn, but there are also numerous other places that not only allow dogs but welcome them. (See my blog post about Carmel). Same with Monterey. There is a variety of places to stay for different prices. The one drawback is that along Fremont Street in Monterey, most of the motels there are not pet friendly.

10.  Is the local SPCA, Humane Society and animal rescue groups doing their job protecting animals? Are they no-kill?  Do they have a lot of volunteers? Do they offer free pet food for people who cannot afford it?

Both SPCA and Animal Friends Project have a lot of staff and volunteers. Sadly, the Monterey SPCA is not no kill. Animal Friends is a rescue and fosters animals as well as gets them adopted. Recently, when I was concerned about Lola, still am, the mini poodle next door, someone from Animal Friends offered to take care of her and find her a new home. SPCA, so far, has not done much. They are expanding and some of their services, including parking, frankly, sucks. It used to be easy to go in and out, now there are 20 steps up and no real disability parking places.  SPCA does offer free pet food for people who cannot afford to feed their pets.

11. Now the real test of dogitude is does the city / town have pet friendly wineries?

Carmel and Monterey do have some pet friendly wineries.

All in all, we’d give Carmel an 9.5 on the dogitude scale and Monterey an 9.

For more info on these and other places in California that have dogitude, be sure to check out our California K9 Adventures e-travel guide, 145+ pages filled with our dogitude ratings of more than 75 places, local info such as places, stores, places to eat and so much more.

What other criteria do you have ?

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tuscany manor resort…

The Tuscany Manor offers 1 and 2 bedroom suites with kitchens, and all the modern amenities including wireless Internet. Each suite is appointed with southwestern decor and cable television.

All of the suites are located around the courtyard which offers views of the heated pool and spa plus BBQ.  Enjoy the fragrant flowers, or take a dip in the hot tub after a day of golf or shopping.

This is a nice place for an affordable home away from home family vacation or business retreat, family reunion, girlfriends getaway, mancation and more. Located a few minutes away from the busy downtown area, the peace and quiet is very relaxing and your dog will enjoy the grassy lawns inside and outside the gate. A safe place to walk your pooch.

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puppy playtime…

oh yeah, yesterday was my birthday… had breakfast and went to see a movie, got some Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia… the movie was The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, kind of sad, but did not see anything else I wanted to watch… not as heartwarming nor uplifting as I hoped… very sad actually…  met a young guy at the Palm Springs Home Show and it was his birthday, too, 20 years old… geez… we were going to get ice creams together but he was busy… I did get a foot detox bath there, and tried out some beds, smoothies and samples of dog food, which did not agree with Cici, so we will not be getting any…  it maybe because it had liver in it and she has never had liver before…

we finally did it.. went to the Palm Springs dog park this morning… and were overwhelmed with the sheer number of dogs… Cici has been needing puppy playtime for awhile now (couple of weeks), so I broke down and took her… there is a place for little dogs… as we walked by them, they greeted Cici with barks and woofs… and for large dogs… I took her to the big dogs place since she is medium size…a couple of dogs came running over to greet her, and she ran and chased and played with about 30-40 dogs… there were mutts and pretty dogs and all sizes and shapes… I think Cici was overwhelmed at first, too, but then she fit right in…  got in some good play and run time… the owners were pretty welcoming, which was nice, too.


http://www.palmspringsca.gov/index.aspx?page=101

Location: Behind City Hall
3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

The Palm Springs Dog Park consists of 1.6 acres of fenced-in rolling grass with fire hydrants, dual purpose canine/human drinking fountains, picnic tables and benches made from recycled materials, solar lighting and shade structures. Dogs run and play leash-free; park never closes. Separate play area for small dogs. Beautiful fence designed and built by artist Phill Evans; double-gated for safety.

http://www.palmsprings.com/points/dogpark/index.html

unlike at the Palm Springs Convention Center, we were there for a home show and the first night Cici was the hit of the party, everyone loved her, but security kept coming over and telling me she could not be there, we finally left, they said it was because they served food there… ok, but yesterday we went back during the day and they told me she had to leave because no dogs were allowed in the building… people do not understand that when you are traveling with a dog, there is no place to leave them, especially when it is hot hot hot temperature wise, you cannot leave the dog in the car or in the motel/hotel/inn room… so you have to bring them with you wherever you go…

don’t know what we would do without Office Depot and Pet Smart, two places that allow doggies… and have a/c… there are malls, but they are iffy…

anyone have tips about traveling with your pooch in hot weather?  (I realize the rest of the world is experiencing cooler fall weather but Palm Springs has been in the 90’s)…

we were at a rest area and she played for a few minutes with a long hair chi, little cute boy, first he was a  bit reluctant until cici won his heart over and then he was wagging his tail and they ran around a bit.

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/dogs-play-at-the-park/page1.aspx

Dog Park Etiquette

New to the dog park scene? Here are some guidelines:

  • Only friendly, well-trained dogs are welcome at public dog parks. If you can’t control your dog off-leash, exercise him elsewhere.
  • Supervise your dog at all times in case play gets rough. Just like children, dogs sometimes get over-excited and that’s when accidents and injuries occur.
  • Wait until your pup is fully immunized (usually by 4 months) before introducing her to a play group. Until she gets bigger, play dates are best with dogs of a similar size.
  • Take a young or timid dog to a play group when there are just a few easygoing dogs, not when it’s a free for all. Peak hours on weekdays are usually just before and after work: 7-9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m.
  • If your dog behaves aggressively or starts a fight, remove him from the park at once.
  • Keep your dog leashed until you are within the park limits. Also check for leash laws within the park; some don’t allow dogs to run free.
  • Spayed and neutered pets are less aggressive than non-neutered dogs. Leave dogs in heat at home.
  • Is water fresh?
  • Pick up after your dog. Many dog parks provide “poop bags.” If yours doesn’t, bring one from home.
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