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Enter to Win: Traveling dogs

Does your dog drive you crazy or drive you to the store?

Be sure to READ BELOW TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN WIN CASH !!!

Fur in the breeze, adventure in her blood, born to be wild Cici loves car rides, no matter where we go. She will hop in anyone’s car, (although she has her preferred vehicle, a Subaru, of course). She loves to go to the beach, shopping mall, dog park or to her favorite pet friendly winery. She even loves going to the vet. But, some dogs do not enjoy driving in the car because they associate car driving with getting a bath or haircut and nails trimmed at the groomer or some other terrible experience (going to the vet or worse).  Dogs who fear driving in cars may throw up, drool, whine, shake, cry or otherwise make life miserable for the driver of the car (that would likely by you).

Make traveling with Dog a breeze

You can ease your dog’s anxiety in the car through a number of methods, from giving them Bach Flower Essences, Rescue Remedy, aromatherapy essential oils (a few calming drops of Lavendar on paws), a calming collar filled with aromatherapy oils and/or play some nice relaxing doggie music made for scaredy dogs like Through a Dog’s Ear by Lisa Spector.

Whenever Cici drives in the car, she is surrounded by her very own pillows and blankets and hitched up to the seat belt but many dogs would prefer and feel safer in a crate or a carrier. NEVER put your dog in the back of your truck, that is one of my pet peeves. What happens when they jump out or if you have to stop quickly? And do not ever let your dog be in the front of the car, sitting on your lap or in the shotgun seat. Much too dangerous. It also goes without saying that your dog should NEVER be put in a kennel on the top of the motor vehicle, either… for ANY length of time.

Cars Made For Traveling Dogs

Car savvy traveling dogs like Cici have voted for their favorite car to drive in. And that car is a Subaru, no matter the model. Cici and I drove our Subaru Legacy station wagon for two years all over California, Nevada and Oregon without a hitch. Well, except for running out of gas and getting a flat tire. Subaru cars are ideally suited to and made for traveling dogs. And their Dog Tested Dog Approved campaign, that we’ve mentioned a couple of times, shows dogs the best car to drive. Grant Weber, Subaru Canine Sales Associate devotes his life selling cars specifically to dogs. Dogs of ALL breeds, little dogs, big dogs, scaredy dogs, brave dogs and most especially traveling savvy dogs.

Watch him sell cars to dogs here…   click on the link…It is funny and Made for Dogs… especially dogs who LOVE to EAT !!!!

 

As part of their campaign, Subaru has launched a facebook app that is FUN and offers some  things to do, such as the Subaru Dog Matcher, the Ask the Expert, Put Your Dog in a Subaru, and the Canine Driver’s License Division (you can make a driver’s license for your dog – I made one for Cici, make sure you put in a fake address).

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Grant Weber suggested Cici would prefer a Subaru Outback for our next car and with the app we can even build our own Outback to our specifications, and the car even comes with snacks, how cool is that?

Cici would look great
in a Subaru Outback.

With the go-anywhere capability of the Outback, you can get away from that fenced-in yard of yours and sniff out some real adventure…

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Enter to Win!

Try the Subaru app out for yourself!

 Like the Subaru Facebook page for a chance to win cash and
tell them that Cici and CeliaSue from Have Dog Blog will Travel sent ya!

Just “like” the Subaru facebook page and you’ll be entered to win a Visa gift card!  One first place prize winner will receive a $350 Visa gift card and one second place prize winner will receive a $150 Visa gift card!  The winners will be announced within 48 hours after the raffle closes.

ENTER HERE.

Like Subaru’s Facebook page FIRST.

Follow the Rafflecopter instructions.

You can enter once per day until the contest ends at 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, February 24.

Start today to win !

Enter once a day for your best chance to win! You can enter with your Facebook log-in or just use your email address.

Be sure to visit our Facebook page and post a photo of your dog driving a Subaru, your dog’s driver’s license, and share what you did with the Subaru Facebook app!

This post is sponsored by Subaru. we are helping spread the woof about the Dog Tested. Dog Approved.™ campaign, because [Have Dog Blog Will Travel] only shares news for things we love and support. All opinions are mine.

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Dog friendly wineries Napa/Sonoma

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, in a few days, you might want to visit some dog friendly wineries if you are in the Napa Sonoma area. Below are a few of the ones that allow dogs on the property. If you want to have a romantic night on the town sans pooch, you can make it up to the dog with some extra treats and belly rubs. And if you and Fido are having a fun date, you might consider enjoying a little bit of wine tasting with cheese for your dog (no wine for the dog).

Thanks to Mary Alice and Chloe at Dog Jaunt who are in the area and reminded us to do this round up of dog friendly wineries.

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/top-lists/dog-friendly-vineyards-where-to-sample-wine-with-your-best-friend/

check the dogs allowed box

http://www.sonomavalley.com/wineries.C8.html

http://www.visitsantarosa.com/pet-friendly-hotels-and-wineries/

http://www.sonomabark.com/Dog_Friendly_Dining.html

http://www.sonomabark.com/Wineries.html

www.sonomabark

larson family winery

https://celiasue.com/2009/07/16/girls-gone-wine/

https://celiasue.com/2009/04/28/napa-dog-friendly/

https://celiasue.com/2009/05/11/healdsburg-is-dog-wine-and-chocolate-friendly/

http://www.intowine.com/sonoma-county-dog-friendly-wineries

http://www.napavintners.com/wineries/dog_friendly.asp

http://vacations.petswelcome.com/sonoma-valley/sonoma-valley-vineyards

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14 Valentine’s Day gifts

We Love Our Pets 

According to the The American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owning Survey 2011 – 2012, there are currently 72.9 million pet owning households and they regularly purchase lifestyle products for their pet, especially for holidays. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day (2/14), Love Your Pet Day (2/20) or both, the sentimental holidays are coming up soon.  Last year, over $120 million was spent on gifts for pets (up from the $90 million recorded in 2008).

Below are 14 suggested gifts for your pets that will show them you care… Each of the gifts have been paw picked and reviewed by Cici and I to make sure that you and your pooches will LOVE LOVE LOVE them… Enjoy !

Loving Pets shows dogs and cats how to dine in style!  Cici loves her Bella Bowl with hearts and I love the ease of cleaning it.

Black Label Vintage Diners:

  • Three-step finish creates vintage styling, such as “aged copper”, and “vintage black”
  • Unique designs complement Craftsman, Mission, and Rustic home decor
  • No-skid rubber bases/feet prevents sliding and tipping

Bella Bowls in New Designer Expression styles:

  • 8 new designs sure to suit any taste or season!
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Removable rubber base prevents sliding and tipping

CritterZone Air Purifier

http://www.critterzoneusa.com/

We have been putting The CritterZone Air Purifier to good use 24/7 for days now. It is powerful, filterless and chemical-free and you can take one with you while traveling. Put one in the car and one in the hotel room and one at home. I was wheezing before using this purifier and Cici’s bugs were making her itchy. Plus, Cici can be a stinky girl. No more doggie smell, no more bugs, no more wheezing ! We love love love this little hard working product.

CritterZone air purifiers are odor neutralizers. They quickly remove the particles from the air that cause odors, restoring it to a healthier, fresher state.  An all-natural process virtually eliminates odors, bacteria and other pollutants such as mold, mildew, E-coli, Staph, Salmonella, Listeria, and more.  It safely and naturally kills germs in the air and provides a surface of protection to PREVENT germ and mold growth.   Featuring 3 settings, you control the amount of natural charged flow to clean your room or vehicle;  Virtually eliminating odors, bacteria and other air pollutants for up to 800 SQ FT!

As a busy pet owner, you may not have time to clean your home top to bottom constantly. That’s where a pet air purifier can help.

CritterZone, an ionic pet air purifier, can get to the root of the odor caused by the smelly cat or stinky dog in your life. It targets the odors and removes them, rather than covering them up. The CritterZone creates a continuous charged flow that restores the air to give it the natural cleaning power it has in the outdoors. The result is that odors are neutralized and removed from the air.

Another benefit of the CritterZone:  It can pull the odors out of fabric and carpet. If your cat or dog had an accident, hold the unit over the spot or set it nearby, and you’ll be able to tell the odor has been neutralized in minutes.

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GIVEAWAY ALERT !!!!

Incognito Pet Carrier in LE prints and solids is styled for pet travel when discretion is required. The design begs the question; “Is it for pets or people?” /Sturdi says, “You decide.”

This gorgeous, comfy red bag is only for small dogs under 40 pounds so Cici (does not fit) and she wants to Give It Away to someone with a small dog … All you have to do is leave a comment and tell us why you’d like to have it and it could be yours !!!! 

There is a double zippered side door entry and top for easy access to your pet. When you are not traveling, your pooch or your cat could use it as a comfy crate house…

When you want to be Incognito, cover the mesh windows with attached privacy flaps and no one

knows what’s in the bag! Additional large pockets on each side will keep paper work dry.

Other features include, slim padded carrying straps, zipper safety security clips, safety tether and a luggage handle loop. A washable fleece comfort pad is included!

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http://sturdiproducts.com/products/incognito-le-dog-or-cat-carrier

Hot water bottle for doggies

Cuddling with pets keep us humans nice and warm and cozy. And sometimes our pets (and we) need a little extra warmth and comfort. We love this hot water bottle… it works!

www.WarmTradition.com offers  some really unique hot water bottles that are great for pets to use. Pets like to curl up on a hot water bottle to keep themselves warm, comfortable and relaxed. Also great to use on dog or cat’s aches, pains or arthritis. Cover is removable and machine washable. Hot water bottle keeps pets warm for hours.

http://www.warmtradition.com/Warm-Tradition-Prints-Fleece-Covered/dp/B004F036CK

Boil water, pour into a hot water bottle and slip it in between the sheets of your bed (perhaps down by the feet where your pet is lying down) a few minutes prior to bedtime.  The hot water bottle will stay warm all night  An eco friendly and affordable way to keep warm throughout the winter.

Zuke’s Superfood Treats 

Cici loves Zuke’s treats, all of them. Super treats, she scarfs them up no matter what flavor.  They are Super nutritious and super delicious and the superfoods keep her going.  The naturally powerful nutrients found in superfood berries, betas and greens are just plain yummy in her tummy.

http://www.zukes.com/dogs/supers-334.html

Zuke’s Z-Bones

Z-bones are grain-free, anti-oxidant rich dental canine chews that breath and clean teeth- perfect for your favorite canine!

http://www.zukes.com/dogs/z-bones.html

Music for dogs CD

Relaxing music for your pooches …  a natural solution to pet anxiety and stress. This is classical music designed specifically to calm pets. You can play a CD for your pets when they are alone, recuperating from surgery, adjusting to new environments, or reacting to foreign sounds such as thunder.  The music is very soothing and all selections have been re-orchestrated using the sounds, chords and harmonies proven to soothe “stressed out” pets – and their owners!

Go listen to samples at the website…

http://store.musicmypet.com/57-mellow-mellodies-cd.html

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Treats galore plus food from Evangers

Evanger’s, America’s only privately-held, family-owned pet food cannery introduces a new Grain-Free recipe and packaging for Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats for dogs.  Cici loves them and does not notice that they are only six calories each !!!

Like every Evanger’s dog and cat food product, Nothing But Natural Jerky Treats have always been prepared without a trace of artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  But now the treats are also Gluten-Free, removing oat flour from its list of farm fresh ingredients.

Available in these delectable combinations:

  • Organic Chicken, Fruits & Vegetables
  • Natural Buffalo, Fruits & Vegetables
  • Natural Pheasant, Fruits & Vegetables
  • Natural Venison, Fruits & Vegetables

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Goat milk soap is for humans, too!  This soap smells soooo good, I wish I could convey that thru the computer, it is heavenly delicious, lathers up like a champ and I love the peppermint lip balm and unscented soap for pets, too.

Goat Milk Stuff, offers these great lathering bars of natural chemical-free goat milk soap for dogs, as well as a wide variety of goat milk soaps and lotions for people and pets.

http://goatmilkstuff.com/Goat-Milk-Soap-Pet-Unscented.html for the unscented

version and http://goatmilkstuff.com/Goat-Milk-Soap-Pet-Scented.html for the

scented. Each Goat Milk Stuff scented or unscented pet bar costs $8 and is easy to use on your dog’s coat. It will get their hair clean, but is a lot easier to rinse off than most other pet shampoos. It is scented with essential oils that are designed to help repel irritating bugs. Plus, the goat milk helps to make it gentle and non-irritating on their skin.

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While candy and flowers typify Valentine’s Day, gifts that pamper can make the day even more memorable. GoatMilkStuff is made by the Jonas family of 10 at their Indiana goat farm, the hand-made Goat Milk Stuff soaps and lotions are great gifts for loved ones and friends in a wide variety of scents.

With mom PJ and dad Jim overseeing soap making and marketing, each of the Jonas children (ages 5 to 16) pitches in to help milk the goats, mail soaps orders and help in many ways in the family’s growing business.

Goat Milk Stuff’s Valentine’s Day gift packs are reasonably-priced from $13 to $20, and each is presented in an organza bag with a variety of color and scent choices.

Online at http://www.GoatMilkStuff.com.

Chews On Belay dog tugs

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Cici chewed up the first one in 5 minutes but then the larger one has lasted and lasted and lasted. It is a tug toy with rope and a ball for chewing and tug fun.

To make these hearty tug toys, they use repurposed/recycled climbing ropes and hand make each and every tug. The tugs come in varying sizes and styles and have a broad range of colors. For Valentines Day, get some “love” tugs. These tugs are all red, as well as reds and whites and durable. Being made out of rock climbing ropes, they stand up to the toughest tug-o-war games. If the dog is a persistent chewer, they do not become stringy like other rope toys, meaning there is significantly less string swallowed as well as around the house. All the materials used are made in USA and the actual tug is made in Estes Park, Colorado. Tugs can be made in any color that is on the website. You can see the products at www.chewsonbelay..com You can also see pictures of the tugs in action on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChewsOnBelay

Doggy sheets

Cici and I both love her Valentine’s cute pink sheets with hearts on it for her bed. One of her beds.

Dogysheets come in many colors including Red for Valentines Day! They are easy to use, soft, pretty, machine washable and also come in different sizes and shapes (round, square, rectangle), made in the USA, 100% cotton and are fitted. Dogs love them!  (What is not to love?)

Get yours at the website at:  www.dogysheets.com

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It’s a pouch and a dog rain poncho, all in one

Travel souvenirs for your pet… This is a cool product that is both fun and handy, to boot. Your pet can use the poncho to keep dry and you can use the pouch to keep stuff in it. Plus, it has iconic graphics of NYC (and other places) on it so you can show off to your friends where you’ve been or would like to go. They also offer doggie t-shirts (NYC) in different colors and sizes, too.

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http://petsenvoyage.com/

Night Dawg collar 

This collar is for the dark, comes in neon colors (Cici’s is hot pink) and you can get your dog’s info inscribed on it, to keep your pet safe at night and if your pet wanders off. This is a nifty and practical gift. Comes in different sizes, small, medium, large.

Here is the link to the website:

http://www.safetygearonline.com/recreational-safety/pet-safety/night-dawg-collar

Send a flying card frisbee

Perhaps you are traveling for V-day and want to send your pooch a message. What better way than send a frisbee with a special message printed right on it ! They will woof it up !!!  This is a great gift for V-day, birthdays, Xmas and more.

 http://sendaflyingcard.com/

Star in a Romance Novel Made in America This Valentine’s Day

Paperbacks start at $39.95; hardbacks at $74.95; ebooks at $14.95, but there are Valentine’s Specials on the site, so it’s best to look for a deal. Photos of the starring couple can be added to the cover for an additional $25. We ship worldwide. Ordering is fast, safe, and easy online at www.YourNovel.com. Order by February 8 for print books in time for Valentine’s delivery. Ebooks can be ordered up through February 14.
Pets?
Does not have a specific field for pets but if you want to put your pet’s name in for the space usually used for “best friends” you could do that.

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Pets in politics

If you share your politics with your pooches…

Send pictures of your pets wearing election-year flair to Pet Lovers for Obama

and you can also send photos to Dogs Against Romney… if you are against animal abuse… both Romney and Ryan have shown that they disregard animals and/or abuse them… Ryan kills fish with his bare hands and hunts deer… Romney strapped his Irish Setter on the roof of his car for a 12 hour drive to Canada and laughs about it…

 

 

 

The fur is flying and will continue to do so during the Conventions this week.  Hurricane Isaac has already ruined some of the GOP’s plans… Divine intervention… some say a big uterus is on its way to Tampa… after all of the horrific anti-choice, Akins/Ryan’s pro-rape, rapists have rights but women don’t rhetoric and bills and platform of the GOP, GOP: Don’t Mess with MOTHER God Nature

Historically, pets have played a very important role in the lives of many presidents and lawmakers.

  • FDR’s dog Fala helped him win re-election
  • President Ford would often signal his dog Liberty
  • President George Bush’s dog Millie and her puppies entertained many of the White House’s visiting guests
  • President Clinton’s dog Buddy kept him company in the dog house during the Lewinsky scandal
  • President George W. Bush’s dogs Barney and Miss Beazley  hosted annual video tours of the White House’s Christmas decorations.

http://petsinpolitics.blogspot.com/

Harry S. Truman once said…

“If you want
a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

http://www.presidentialpetmuseum.com/Pets/fala.htm

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the scoop on poop around the world

A stinky subject but someone’s gotta talk about it…ok, ladies, where do you go to the toilet when traveling, especially in other countries.  And do you clean up your dog’s poop in other countries or only in the USA?

 

Finding tolerable toilets in India…

In my country public and paid toilet facilities are not so common so I’m sending along some advice for female visitors to India. Almost every restaurant and some tourist spots have toilets attached to them. Have a cup of tea at a hotel and take this opportunity to use the toilet facility available there. If you’ve had a meal at a restaurant, don’t leave without using their facilities (even if you don’t REALLY need to go). It might be a while before you find another proper toilet. Alternatively, if you are traveling by car and stop for a petrol fill, take the time and use the toilet facilities available at most petrol pumps. Carry tissue and wet wipes. You’ll probably need them.

(Resmi, Kerala, India)

http://www.journeywoman.com/journeydoctor/ToiletTipsWhatEveryWomanTravellerShouldKnow.htm

I would add to this…since my travel companions in India teased that if you want to know where to go to the bathroom in India, just ask me so I am something of an expert…

go to the toilet at five star hotels … you can always visit the gift shop (buy a candy bar or bottle of water) or pretend that you are waiting for someone in the lobby.

visit a business center or club such as American Express/Diner’s Club and take time out to do your personal business.

Leave a deposit at a tourist destination.

Five star or European style restaurants are also good prospects.

Best to avoid public toilets at train stations. Some airports have halfway decent stalls.

If you find yourself out in the country, you will more than likely have to squat in a hole on the ground. Be prepared that there may be onlookers. One time I was visiting a wealthy landowner’s property. I had been visiting his family and they were showing me around to see the cacao plants and other trees. In time, nature called urgently and I was led to an outhouse. I had visitors escorting me the entire way there. The people were amused and//or interested in everything foreigners did. Suffice it to say that.

India: Poop Capital of the World

http://manohar.instablogs.com/entry/india-poop-capital-of-the-world/

No Toilet, No Bride

And in Delhi, marriage brokers — who provide a popular service in a country where arranged marriages are still the norm — confirm that many families will now ask whether the groom’s family has a bathroom of its own before going ahead with nuptial negotiations.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/16/world/asia/16iht-letter16.html

– It pays to use a toilet in southern India, as residents are earning close to a dollar a month by using public urinals, a scheme launched by authorities to promote hygiene and research in rural areas.

http://current.com/community/89082209_in-india-it-pays-to-use-public-toilets.htm

In the former Yugoslavia, we were brought to places in the middle of nowhere while on a bus trip. We had to pay for the privilege of peeing in outhouses that were just little huts surrounding holes in the ground. Odiferous and waxy paper was the norm. I jokingly called the country, the Toilet Capital of the World.

Did you know that Green Bay, Wisconsin is the Toilet Paper Capital of the World ?

Top 5 Public Bathrooms in the World

New Zealand, Paris, NYC, Tokyo and London, Amsterdam, Belfast

http://www.journeyetc.com/travel-ideas/top-5-public-bathrooms-in-the-world/

In Taiwan, there is a restaurant toilet, ewwwwww… toilet seats for chairs, miniature urinals for platters and tiny toilet bowls for the soup and main course…

http://www.ebcak.com/archives/270

Now the real question is, are people around the world, Europe, Asia, Canada and other countries as obsessed with cleaning up dog poop as we are in the USA?

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-04-10/odd-jobs-professional-dog-poop-remover

In the states, especially at movie theatres and during seminars at hotels, don’t you just hate those long lines at the ladies restroom?

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holiday tips for the road

If you are going to the Rapture today, have a great time…

Cici and I had fun driving around for two years… these are a few things that kept us safe and sane. With Memorial Day weekend coming up, these tips are helpful for holidays and can also be good for summer travel with your pooches.

l.  Comfy and cozy and restrained. I had Cici all set up in the back seat with her own blankets and bedding, toys and bones to chew on. Familiar stuff. She could stretch out and snooze while I drove. Or gnaw on bones. Whatever she felt like doing was ok with me because she was out of the way. No coming up into the front of the car or sitting beside me. I did not strap her in but now have a harness for her that attaches to the seat belt which I will use when/if we go on another road trip.  We have been invited back east in June, not sure yet if we will go.

2.  Speaking dog language. I sing songs to her, making them up as I go along. She has learned that when I sing the beach song that means we are going to the beach and she perks up. Or when I sing the doggie park song, she’ll be ready to play with doggie pals. One of the sweetest sounds is the yum yum song, meaning we’re gonna go eat some food. Salivation.

3. Give me a potty break. I take frequent breaks/stops along the way to our destinations and often times intentionally stop at places I know that she will enjoy, if possible. Beaches, dog parks, pet friendly wineries as well as shopping malls and pet stores. When we have the time to do this, it definitely breaks up the monotony of the road and makes the traveling easier and more fun.

4.  Time and traffic. We usually were not in a rush to get anywhere, so our time schedule was flexible. If we had to be somewhere at a certain time, I’d leave more than enough time to get there. When traveling on a holiday weekend, go a day or two ahead if you can or a day or two later to avoid the rush hour traffic.  Same with summer travel. Be aware of times when traffic gets jammed up and take a different route, if possible.

5. Unexpected things will always happen so prepare and expect an adventure. Bring car oil, gas can, a flashlight, a spare tire, camping gear, water, extra dog food and treats, towels, pillows, clothing, extra cash or credit card and other items you might need (shampoo, scissors, bandages, ointments and creams and oils) just in case.

6.  Maps and driving directions. Keep in glove compartment. I am not always good about this. I know the general direction or city/place and then get there and not know where to go and have to search online or on my computer. Keep phone numbers and addresses handy, too.  If you have a cell phone/I-phone, probably makes this easier. I have yet to succumb to the 21st century on this one but if you are traveling alone, especially in desolate areas such as the desert, having a cell phone is a good idea. Hopefully, there is a connection/dial tone when you need to use it.

7.  Be a good guest. Bring your best manners with you. And pet waste bags. If renting a car, cover the seats with sheets and keep your pooch in a crate or harnessed to a dog bed in the back seat. Let the fur fly somewhere else than in the rental car or you might have to pay a hefty fee. Also, be sure of the rental car company’s pet policy before you get to the rental counter. At the pet friendly inn, hotel, motel, B&B or campground, find out ahead of time their do’s and don’ts, nearby places to visit including restaurants where you can take your pooch and fun dog friendly activities in the area.

8.  Be considerate. Not everyone loves dogs and some people are afraid of dogs. And they don’t have to nor do some like pit bulls and other big dogs. And they do not have to either. Of course, rude comments, aggressive behavior and insults are not acceptable and discrimination is unwarranted. But if your dog is well behaved, does not run up to strangers, knock babies over, lick kid’s ice cream cones,  bark or yap incessantly, share fur and drool everywhere or jump up on tables, people and furniture, a better time will be had for all. Make sure your fur baby is a good ambassador for the breed and species.

9.  Accidents may happen. Bring your vet’s phone number, medical records, ID tags, photos of your pet and other info with you, just in case. Also any medications and a pet first aid kit (like the green one we suggested).

10.  One is the loneliest number. Dogs do not like to be left alone in a hotel room, strange places or even in the familiar confines of your car. Do not ever leave your four legged friend unattended in a parked vehicle. On warm days, the temperature in your vehicle is unbearable, 120 degrees, even with the windows slightly open. In addition, your pet could be taken away by unscrupulous pet thieves looking to make a quick buck.

11.  Does your Dog Have a License? If you and your dog are going to share the driving, be sure that they have their Pet’s Driver’s License. Kidding but Cici does now have her Pet Driver’s License, with all her ID listed on it plus a photo of her on it. Between this, her collar ID tag, microchip registered, she is all set to get up and go. Cannot wait for someone to ask for my driver’s license, I will definitely show them hers.

http://www.mypetdmv.com/



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romantic gifts guide for you

Pamper, splurge, and indulge is the name of the game on Valentine’s Day. For that some enchanted evening feeling for all of you busy pet parents, here is a menu of Eco-friendly Valentine ideas.

Everyone deserves lots of love on Valentine’s Day (and every day) so here is a romantic gift guide you can show your sweetie. These gifts have all been k9 approved from Cici and I for you.

1.  Gorgeous Cosmetic Bag Bar None… You are an on the go type of gal who travels with your pooch to posh and not so posh places, right. To the dog park, bank, shopping, work, errands, to a pet friendly city, to visit your friends, family, loved ones, here and there and everywhere. Maybe you wear a lot of make-up or a little bit, like me, but your sweetie should do you right with this incredibly elegant soft cosmetic bag. Now get this. It not only is beautiful but it comes with a replaceable liner so that it stays fresh and clean. No more messy goo, flakes, dust and junk at the bottom of the bag. And this posh bag is also eco-friendly. Vemayca.com is the place to go get one.  It is almost too nice to use, but so convenient. And Veronica touts Eating Your Own Dog Food

2.  Say “I love you” every day with silk pillowcases and blankets on the bed. Silk blankets start at $299 (website is www.manitosilk.com)

Or a “magical” glow in the dark pillowcase like the one below.  Go to http://www.comfycozy.com $16.95

3.  Who doesn’t enjoy a Spaw day?  Joy of Spa (www.joyofspa.com) offers Instant Gift Certificates. Gifts are personalized and start at $25. The gift certificate is sent to the recipient by e-mail, or printed and sent to the recipient by the purchaser. Joy of Spa certificates  are redeemable at any of its 3,000+ partners, all of which are local, independently-operated spas and salons, across the country. Plus, gift certificates never expire, a bonus.

The Joy of Spa sister site, Spa Emergency (www.spaemergency.com), targets men shopping for a last minute gift or who have forgotten your special occasion. This is an easy way for guys to purchase personalized gifts for the women in their lives, and directs them to the Joy of Spa Instant Gift Certificates. No more stress, no more worry or panic.

4.  Fashion First Aid: You walk everywhere and your feet get tired. Footzyrolls are a rollable, foldable ballet flat that can make your life easier.  Rock n Red Soles are available for V-day, as well as the True Red Snake Skin shoe and candy-striped removable bow model. This gift comes with cute pink packaging. Prices range for $20-$30 depending on the style.

Footzyrolls come in handy when:

-The pain from heels is too much

-You need a quick, comfortable shoe while traveling

-You are running late to work from the dog park and need to get to the office quickly

-Your feet are tired from standing in heels all day and you want to change into a comfortable shoe to wear

Go to : www.footzyrolls.com

Relax away !

5.  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

6. After your massage and spa bath towel off with a Turk towel robe. The Turkish Towel Company sells 100% Turkish towels and bathrobes.  Check out the website at  http://www.turktowel.com

7.  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

8. Why not whisk you away for a weekend to Napa valley in northern California. It’s ok to leave the pooch behind, shhhh for a romantic weekend or you can bring your furry friend and stay at a luxurious pet friendly spa inn like Bardessono’s in Yountville. For the month of February, Ehlers Estate has partnered with one of Napa Valley’s premier Chocolatier’s, Woodhouse Chocolates, to offer a special chocolate and wine pairing.  The charming Ehlers Estate (www.EhlersEsate.com) is located in St. Helena.

Examples of pairings include:

2007 EHLERS ESTATE CABERNET FRANC PAIRED with Woodhouse’s THAI GINGER CHOCOLATE, dark chocolate ganache infused with coconut and lemon grass surrounding a piece of crystallized ginger’ covered in dark chocolate.

2006 EHLERS ESTATE ST. HELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 1886 with Woodhouse’s HONEY CHOCOLATE, a milk chocolate ganache whipped with honey butter in a dark chocolate shell dusted with gold.

Ehlers Estate wines are produced using estate grapes and organic and biodynamic farming methods.  Wine and Chocolate tasting sweethearts will receive a small and sweet take-away gift as well as barrel tasting and tour of the Ehlers Estate Vineyards and grounds. The cost is $50 per person and reservations are required in advance.

9.  If southern California sun and beach is what you crave, you must visit the acclaimed AAA Five Diamond luxury Island hotel in Newport Beach. Toll Free: 866-554-4620.

ISLAND SPA AND CHOCOLATE INDULGENCE

When: Available February 4 through February 26

What: Experience a luxurious 60-minute spa treatment at the award-winning Spa at Island Hotel, followed by a decadent sweet finale at Palm Terrace Restaurant’s Cocoa Lounge. Choice of: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Deep Cleansing Facial, Gentlemen’s Fact Therapy, Aromatherapy Facial, Honey Hibiscus Hydrating Facial, OC Facial Drench, or Organic Carrot Vitamin Facial.

Price: $130.00, including the Cocoa Lounge Dessert Buffet (tax and gratuities not included). To book an appointment or arrange to give as a Valentine’s Day gift, please call (949-759-0808).

COCOA LOUNGE AT ISLAND HOTEL

When: February 4 through February 26: Tuesday to Saturday, 6:00 to 10:00 pm

What: Back by popular demand, Palm Terrace’s Cocoa Lounge Dessert Buffet will be serving up chocolate decadence.

Why: Executive Pastry Chef Michael Owens will offer scrumptious creations that include Banana Chocolate Mousse Cake, White Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake, Triple Chocolate Cupcakes, Double Chocolate Fudge S’mores, Manjari Obsession in Chocolate Cups, plus lollipops, peanut caramels, port chocolates and coconut almond bars, and much more – served among displays of chocolate statues and chocolate velour.
Price: $18 per person, tax and gratuities not included.

Insider Tip: Order a two- or more-course dinner at Palm Terrace Restaurant in February, Tuesday through Saturday, and receive complimentary entrance into the heavenly Cocoa Lounge.

For all of you Single gals

Why not have a gal’s night out or weekend? Or have a PJ party, gossip, share makeup tips, spa, eat fun food. Pamper, splurge and enjoy your freedom !

Infinite Love Flower Elixir, Mist, & Serum
Hand-collected flower elixirs that enhance unconditional love through acupuncture meridians … Made by Lotus Wei Elixir cost is 29.00, Mist & Serum cost is 35.00
Taken internally, designed to magnify unconditional love with the secret power of flower essences.
Put five drops of this elixir under your tongue five times throughout the day. Feel a difference in and around you within minutes.

Only the Finest Sweets For You, Sweetie … 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/

Also, grab this fun book and read it.

Never Kiss a Frog – A Girl’s Guide to Creatures from the Dating Swamp by Marilyn Anderson is a fun take on fairy tales. Frogs don’t turn into princes—men don’t change—no matter how tenderly they’re handled.  Some are adept at hiding their reptilian views while others seem oblivious to their inner slime. Even an astute, Sex-and-The-City type of gal can be fooled. That’s why every lady hoping for a princely mate needs Never Kiss a Frog.

 

Last but not least, if you want to get your guy a cool gift, consider one of these:

C’mon baby light his fire… romantic and classy gifts for men.

All Natural Non-Toxic Soy Massage Candles made with Soy/Shea Butter and Essential Oils can be used for a massage. Soy Candles are non-toxic, burn cleaner, burn 50 to 60 % longer than paraffin, do not produce black soot, do not contain animal fat, contain 100% cotton wick, are made with Shea Butter, no artificial fragrance.  For more info, http://positivethoughtbrand.com/ $22.00

Light up those candles with:

Bugatti 3 Chrome Satin / Chrome Polished Traditional Flame Lighter $150
A Swiss made lighter a sleek design is not only appealing to the eye, but it also makes for the perfect pocket fit.  In a word: extraordinary.

Colibri “The Don” Black Matte Quantum Torch Flame Cigar Lighter $100
From the built-in cigar cutter to the wind-resistant blue torch flame, The Don has everything you could hope for in a lighter.  Plus, the optional personalized engraving is a perfect extra touch to let him know exactly how you feel.

Xikar “Executive” Torch Flame Lighter $35
This lighter is sleek, attractive and durable.  The button is conveniently located on the side of the lighter, keeping your finger safely distant from the powerful flame when it ignites.

Davidoff “Giant” Cigar Matches $3
Use the perfect match to light your fire.

Love Potion #9

Looking for something special for that sophisticated fella this Valentine’s Day?  How about Love Potion #9? Love Potion #9® is a 60-proof, incredibly smooth, no grain alcohol (30% pure sugarcane alcohol) ‘distilled spirits specialty’ with a blend of 20 exotic tropical fruit flavors, including mango, peach, chocolate, vanilla, pear, apple, cherry, almond and many others.  More info can be found at http://www.lovepo9.com


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