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a GRAND project…

Grace

Respect

And

New

Dignity

a GRAND Project…

since NO ONE deserves to be exiled in a shelter, not animals nor humans… am putting out that women of means over 50, women like Oprah, Suze Orman, Shirley MacClaine, Tina and others support women with low and no income over 50 with pets… giving a new leash on life… One on one, a woman of means can Adopt a Woman and help her get back on her feet, ( giving her a strong support system)…

the mission is to create a community of women supporting one another…

l. Eco friendly Home/B&B with gardens …. each woman has her own room and bathroom (whenever possible)… and works a rotating job on site such as answering phones, taking reservations, tending the gardens, housecleaning, pet sitting and dog walking, fencing the property, doing construction, renovation and home improvement tasks as needed…

2. RV/Mobile home park, each woman has her own RV/mobile or park model and works a rotating job on site such as answering phones, taking reservations, tending the gardens, pet sitting and dog walking…

3. Yurt Motel, each woman has her own Yurt and works a rotating job on site such as answering phones, taking reservations, tending the gardens, pet sitting and dog walking…

In addition, women can choose to train a dog from an animal shelter/rescue to give the dog manners and get the dog adopted…

If you are a 501c3 organization (animal rescue, shelter or other), pet business owner, have land you would like to invest in a GRAND project or would like to donate items such as gardening supplies, fencing, computers, food (dog and human), prepaid cells phones, prepaid phone cards and more, please contact me and I will send you more info…

An Idea Whose Time Has Arrived…

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gone with the cici…

cici decided that she wanted to investigate (tear apart and take out to get to the squeaky) the middle of her floatie toy this morning… so much fun to chew it up and spit out the stuffing all over the place… so here is the new improved version according to cici…

the middle is in the trash but she still has the round ropy blue part, the terry cloth and rubber part for more hours of fun… later she chased after a Golden retriever named Wally at the lake…

today, we had to say good-bye to our yurt boo hoo, miss it already… well, cici will be happy to sleep indoors again with me tonight… but it was a really great experience camping out in a yurt… slept better than in any motel… out in nature… healthier… met lots of people, some with dogs, some who want to take cici home with them… many who gave her treats, she received 10-12 treats yesterday, a record… a huge one from the guy at the gas station, at least five from Hope at HomeFinders (if you want to buy a home in Florence, Hope, Randy, John the Surfer, Kathy and Bert are the people to talk to, they are the best !)  a few more from other campers…

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born to be wild…

cici and I are enjoying our new digs, more spacious… more room to roam… more bushes, less neighbors… less noise, smoke, etc.

below are photos of inside and outside the yurt, plus photos of cici playing with her Doggytug green toy…  don’t forget to email me if you want to win the free giveaway contest this week… loads of fun for dog boys and girls !

the Oregon coast was just named one of the top 10 places to see and Florence, Oregon, where we are, specifically was listed… hee haw… it’s a beautiful place…

Cici has been very cuddly this morning… and would not move over when I got in the car, usuallys she sits in the driver’s seat while I am outside the car and then moves over, but she would not budge today… she is always full of surprises for me… made it a bit tricky to drive with a 54 pound dog squished up next to me… 🙂

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splish splash in the lake…

this morning at 7 am cici was full of beans so I took her across the highway to the lake… we went there yesterday and she just loves running and jumping in the shallow water, it was pretty warm yesterday, not so much at 7 a.m… and I took her back after 2 pm, she was much more adventurous… just swam out and about the bushes… played with her Doggytug floatie toy… and that was a lot of fun for her, I kept throwing it out and she kept bringing it back to me…

so if you wanna win this week’s free giveaway, let me know the name of the Labradoodle she played with yesterday at the pier in Old Town Florence…

The Doggytug floatie toy made a big splash with cici and with lainie, too  😉

http://www.doggytug.com/

http://www.doggytug.com/Tugs.html

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camping in a yurt …

Cici and I are finally staying in a yurt, well actually I am staying in the yurt, she is not allowed… the yurt is quite spacious…

We camped out Saturday night at Sutton’s Lake near Florence, Oregon. Got the tent put up, got the air bed inflated outside the tent and could not get it inside… duh… so I slept outside the tent and Cici slept in the car… there were a lot of dogs there and squirrels, birds, and fun trees to sniff… I kept her under the blanket and then put her in the car for safe keeping… 🙂

Sunday I remembered that there are yurts in campgrounds in Oregon so I decided to check it out and asked at the Visitor’s center, and voila, was told that there were some in the area. I went to Honeyman’s camping area, was second in line and someone on the phone was asking about a yurt. The gal told them that they don’t reserve on the phone and that there was one yurt available… so I scooped it up for $29 last night… it’s big enough for a family of 4-5-6 … and it has electricity and a heater. Cici was not thrilled to sleep out in the car again… I checked on her in the middle of the night and she was fine after that.

I tethered her outside the yurt this morning and she played with two young boys from the yurt next door… squirrel stalking is her favorite activity… she was sniffing and digging and whining at the squirrels to get them to come out and visit with her to no avail…

Now we are out and about in the town… we met up with a couple yesterday also who had a Staffordshire, almost all black, cute as a bug, tried to take photos but the dogs would have none of that… will email them and see if they will send her photo.

We also made lots of friends at the campgrounds… being my social butterfly, she has to lick everyone…

And I had an amazing hot fudge sundae at BJ’s… the best ice cream flavors ever, kahlua crunch, coconut, s’mores and others… it was hard to choose, but they were all good (I had samples)… they make their own ice cream, too. I also put some of the candied popcorn on top of the ice cream and that was yummy.. they also have salt water taffy, which I did not try… nor the brownies, cookies, etc.   they were also willing to give me a dog cone but not free like in Mendocino…

This is a pretty pet friendly place though… lots of dogs galore… the campground is filled with people and their humongous RV’s, trailers, motor homes and all kinds of vans and motor toys…

there is a lake that we have not been to yet, but we went to the beach several times and my beach dog played ran around chasing after sticks.

http://www.viamagazine.com/weekenders/florence01.asp

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when harry met cici…

Cici has a new beau… from our undisclosed location we drove near to yosemite, to a little town called mariposa to visit a gal named Melinda who is building a healing center… the road was VERY tricky and windy up to her place from the town but from 99 to the 41 in fresno to the 49 it was quite lovely… very refreshing and inspiring to see green trees again…

 

when we got here, we were greeted by the welcoming committee… first, star bear, a very large dog (part Malamute and border collie) put his paws on the car and peeked in to say hi… then irene the hound dog said hello… jenny rose the lab joined in and then we made our way out of the car and harry met cici,  it was puppy love at first butt sniffing…

 

Harry is a six month old Queensland Heeler…  and cici is still a young gurl, so they bonded instantly, jawing, wrestling, licking and rolling in the dirt and there is quite a lot of that here… cici’s new halter is quite dusty now… she immediately jumped into the filthy pool and swam in the water.  really warmed the cockles of my heart. and i was greeted to find out that we would have to leave early this morning… a fine welcome…  I came here to find out about becoming a caretaker, I think not…

still, there are two yurts going up, a fabulous view from this mountain, cool fresh air and we had turkey burgers for dinner, after dinner entertainment was provided by harry and cici… and soon star bear wanted to get in on the action… jenny rose was the only one who did not seem to appreciate the attention that cici garnered from the two males… irene was not all that thrilled, either. 

we visited the yurt after dinner and all was fine until two neighbors dogs came along and looked like they would attack cici, we hightailed it through the garden, as a precaution and made our escape back to our tiny cabin… it was off to bed at about 8 but of course we did not actually fall asleep until about 3 am, and we got up around 6… cici does not seem to do well sleeping when windows and doors are open and she can see wildlife… star bears came and sat on our porch to protect us and cici wanted to play with him… and she was restless… there were two tiny beds, one a couch, and i thought she would sleep on that and i on the bed… she ran around, trashing the blankets, trying to get settled to no avail… then she decided to come visit me in my narrow little bed, plop she goes… we have not slept together in a tiny single bed since last year, she cradled my legs… then she was off again to the couch… then back to me at some point, where she cuddled my head… and took over the bed… i went to the outhouse, actually it’s a small bathroom with a compost toilet, and came back and there was cici in her usual place in the middle of the bed… the bed is a little high off the ground and i did not want her to jump off of it, so i tried to move her, finally got her and me where i wanted, cuddled in my arms, she was shaking slightly, and we finally fell asleep…  had some weird dreams…

this morning, we arose at the crack of dawn, and I went outside to go up to the main house to go to the bathroom, and the dogs greeted us good morning… star bear first, of course. then we had a nice breakfast, cici and harry played and chased cats and we were ushered on our way… 

we were going to hang out in Mariposa but I was utterly unimpressed (been there before, too) and decided to take the 140 to merced which I thought was madera… we had stayed in a motel there last year. got to merced and realized I was in a different place and decided to head up the 99 a bit and we got off in Turlock, saw a sign for a motel and they take pets, and here we are… my back will mend, nice to stay in a non dusty queen bed, with wireless internet and all of the amenities of modern life, a  tv, phone, etc.

we may go back to the coast in the morning, we shall see… for now, we will rest… cici needs a bath and she met a new friend at the gas station, where they have a taqueria and pizza place.  the pizza guy took care of her while I ran in to get a burrito… very nice… 

 

don’t forget Gone with the Wind… who played Bonnie Blue?

 

 

 

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happy tails and trails… and dog friendly wineries?

A great big right back at you thank you to Olga… check out her awesome photos of the goodie bag that she won last week for the Name the Traveling Dog Panties giveaway PLUS her fun dog playing with the DoggyTug video…

http://olgathetravelingbraotherstuff.blogspot.com/2008/04/happy-tails-to-you.html

a new clue for those of you who want to enter this week’s giveaway and win… name my two cats who were brothers… and poetry is one word to search for, there are other forms, poetry is plural… the cats meow… 

Cici and I will be traveling soon… next week to Mendocino, California and then south… staying in dog friendly places…  if you know of fun places, please let us know… we are especially looking to stay in yurts, tree houses, tipis and weird, unique and unusual places that feature dark chocolate, too, and speaking of chocolate, we will be featuring some yummy chocolates again soon and if you are an innkeeper or chocolatier and want to be featured here and in other publications, please call or email me asap. 

if we get to southern Oregon any time soon, I found this… pet friendly b and b’s in southern oregon

 

http://www.lodging-world.com/petfriendlysearch.us.oregon._._.html

and can you believe it, Napa/Sonoma wineries have gone to the dawgs… more on this soon… am doing research and we hope to check these out personally…

also, did you know that there are people making dog wine, dog chocolate and dog beer?  how dry I am… hiccup…  we are NOT NOT NOT recommending that anyone give regular people beer or wine to their dogs, please don’t… it’s not good for them…

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/home-entertainment/beer-for-dogs-next-stop-doggie-aa-230729.php

http://www.beerfordogs.com/

and dog lovers wine clubs?

http://www.hsus.org/shop/dog_lovers_wine_club.html

and wine dogs…

http://www.winedogs.com/t-about.aspx

 

and dog wine labels?

http://www.critterwines.com/Dog.asp

Cici and I are looking forward to being on the road again… well, I am… not so sure about her… once we hit the beach though, she will be a very happy camper… 

     

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