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In a dog eats cats world 


A headline reads: a celebrity sums up politician in epic three words on twitter, or somebody says something outrageous, ugly or otherwise.

you click on the headline because you have just got to hear, watch, read what they said. and you need a laugh and it is guaranteed to be uproariously funny, right. but when you watch the video or read the tweet, it is dumb. you’ve just been had again and again by headlines designed to get you to click on them.

and sometimes it is bait and switch. the headline says one thing and then you click and it discusses, explains, opines about something else.

we know that too many politicians and others rely upon lies aka 1984’s war is peace, freedom is slavery, etc. and Goebbel’s propaganda strategy (that worked) that you keep on telling the lie over and over ad infinitum ad nauseum and eventually people will believe the lie no matter all of the facts, debunking of the myths, and countering intelligence that others do.

lies and fear mongering have worked for many years. It usually always is about politics and votes. Like the great bathroom debacle in North Carolina.

North Carolina’s transgender bathroom battle: what sparked it, and what’s next http://gu.com/p/4j7gg/stw

Transgender Dog Unsure Which Tree To Pee On




and some people continue to tell BIG LIES knowing that they are false in order to sell products, services, ideologies and candidates.

truth vs lies.

facts vs myths, stereotypes and propaganda

BIAS against pit bull type dogs based on myths





There are myths and stereotypes told about everyone. And especially those who are not white and male and rich are punished for not being white, male, pretending to be Christian while not following Jesus’ edicts and rich. And there are myths and stereotypes told about various dog breeds, Muslims, Mexicans, gay people, transgender people, Jewish people, women, African Americans, homeless people, poor people, and the list goes on.

Did you know that being aka existing without a home in the US is a crime? That is, if you are eating, sleeping, sitting, lying down in public, camping, parking overnight, you can be arrested, and have all of your meager belongings taken away from you, next thing will be breathing in public…. aka taking up space on the planet, our tax dollars at work.

Many people think that people without homes are lazy bums who refuse to work or want to be homeless, are drug addicts, alcoholics, or mentally ill. And being homeless aka a criminal for being alive, will never happen to me!

Except that it does and has happened and the homeless population is primarily made up of formerly middle class people including single moms with children, women leaving domestic violence and/or abusive situations, seniors, half who cannot afford housing and more than half in CA, veterans, working poor, people who have lost their homes due to foreclosure, illness and other reasons. Traumatized people who have been banned and evicted from society. Your former neighbors trying to survive without sleep, no bed, unable to go to the bathroom, take a shower, or even to sit down or lie down or JUST BE ALIVE.


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“Since the year 2000, more than 80 percent of metropolitan areas saw their household incomes decline, pointing to a shrinking middle class that’s fueling economic insecurity.”



But people can discern the Truth in their heart of hearts. Some people want to believe the lies for their own personal reasons, agendas, and motives. If you are a builder, developer, or landlord who wants to make maximum amounts of money, you can tell yourself that seniors, poor people,disabled people, single moms with children, and others can find some place else to live. Except they cannot and you know it.

And if you are a church or a nonprofit agency who is supposed to be helping house or feed or find jobs or whatever for other people and all you are really doing is you are making a very good salary, work in a luxury building, and/or spending the donation and grant money you garner on everything but what your stated mission is, that your charity spends a very small percentage, if any, on their stated goals, then you know in your heart that you are cheating, stealing and NOT DOING YOUR JOB. Why does a nonprofit in Monterey, for instance, need hundreds of thousands of dollars, feeding homeless women, when ALL of the food is donated and their staff is all volunteers? Where is that money going? Hint, it is NOT being spent on Housing women without homes. Not even for a single night.

Why are millions of dollars raised every day/week/month/year to HOUSE PETS but so little raised to HOUSE HUMAN BEINGS  ???? What if there were charities who housed BOTH HUMANS AND THEIR PETS AND/OR HOUSED HUMANS SO THAT THEY COULD FOSTER OR ADOPT A PET???

Think of all of the humans languishing and dying on the streets, in cars and all of the pit bull type dogs being euthanized and / or dying in shelters.

There are some folks coming up with creative solutions to house people and pets.  How about you???  What are you doing to house people and pets???  What can you do? What are you able / willing to do?

What people do not realize is that when people without homes have pets or even if they do not have pets, that pets ARE affected, too.

Thanks !!!

A fun contest from the good folks at Advances Shelter systems, Inc., creator of SHIFT PODS that serve as temporary and / or emergency housing for all kinds of folks around the world, for festivals, events and camping options for those who like to travel and the great outdoors.

Stark white and ready for some street art! Good with a spray can? Send shift pods your art! If they like it they may send you a SHIFTPOD to paint for their charity auction for Ecuador. These ARTPODS will be auctioned off to raise money to help people who lost everything in the huge earthquake. #‎emergencyresponse #‎shiftpod #‎shelterpod #‎artpod #‎burningman #‎festival #‎ecuador #‎earthquake



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Camping is for the Dogs

Cici and I love to go camping and below are some tips for camping with the dogs. And we would like to introduce you to our new friends, the Webers, Christian and Kirstin, and their dog Fred, who also has white and black spots all over. He was rescued a few years ago on a trip to Mexico. He does some fun tricks like shake hands and he is awfully sweet (says Cici, woof woof woof).

Here he is having fun camping out with his family’s Shift Pod tent.





40.1 million Americans, or 14 percent of the US population over age six, camped in 2013.

Spring and Summer are a hop, skip and jump away. It is not too late to start planning your summer vacation. The lure of scenic wonders and natural splendors appeal to people of all ages. And camping is a great way to get away from it all, commune with nature, spend quality time with family, friends and the dog and let go of stress at a reasonable cost.

Whether it is to the nearest lake, beach or creek, mountain area or a typical tourist destination such as Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Arrowhead, Joshua Tree National Park, Big Sur or Big Bear, everyone needs to get out of dodge for some rest and relaxation for a few weeks.

If you have your own RV, camper, minivan, tent trailer or tent and sleeping bag, you may want to reserve camping spots in national or state parks far in advance because the most popular places with limited sites are going to get booked up quickly.

Travel Light

Pack only essential items that you will need such as a first aid kit, batteries, flashlight, food, and water. If you are traveling with kids and/or pets, you will have more items such as dog food, leashes, toys, treats, towels and blankets.  Other items for dogs include collapsible bowls, poop bags, brush, extra leashes and collars, and a life vest for water activities such as canoeing, swimming, boating in lakes, ocean or rivers.

What is Bugging you

When you go camping with your dog, be sure to give them some flea and tick prevention and take some spray with you.

Who nose 

Make sure ID tags are in place, along with proof of vaccinations in case you need to show these.


Dogs are usually allowed in parks but you definitely do not want to allow them to be in areas where they can get stung by bees, get foxtails stuck in their ears, mouth, eyes, hot sand can be rough on four paws and so can hot rocks and please keep them away from toxic plants, flowers and weeds, and garbage.

Do not let your dogs roam and disturb the wildlife such as rabbits, squirrels, bears, coyotes and mountain lions. Contact the park ranger or park host for assistance if an unexpected and uninvited visitor should show up at your campsite.

Glamping or Camping?

If you prefer to backpack and hike trails, you can carry a tent and sleeping bag with you. You can also reserve a yurt, cabin, tipi or motel to sleep in at some parks (usually they do not allow pets but some do, check with the campground). Many campgrounds are crowded and busier on holiday weekends so organize your time to avoid the rush.

Speaking of Tents

Speaking of tents, many regular tents are not sealed well and some have ceilings made of screen with a rain fly.  This will not keep any dirt out or any heat in.  Regular tents also have many parts and pieces to assemble each time and parts to lose in between camping trips.

Pop-Up Pods


SHIFT PODS are an extraordinary insulated tent that is portable, easy to use, insulated, comfortable, easy to transport, and sets up in minutes (without all those loose poles).

SHIFTPODS set up as one complete unit.  The stakes and lines are the only parts you have to connect once the SHIFTPOD is set up.  The SHIFTPODS are 12 feet across and 6.5 feet tall and can be set up by one person in less than 2 minutes.   SHIFT PODS are made out of sturdy and weather-proof materials. They are made with a three-layer, insulated, UV-reflective nylon that reflects the sun’s rays to keep things cool inside during the heat of the day and warm all night.

The Shiftpod was designed specifically for the harsh environment of the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada and can remain set up for a few weeks at a time. This comes in handy (and highly recommended) when you are going camping in unpredictable desert weather and other climates. The tent is heat-reflective so the blinding sun doesn’t wake you up. It is so simple to set up that even the least handy aka clumsy individual can put it together.

Space is not only the final frontier but the Shiftpod has plenty of room inside to stretch out and get comfortable. When fully assembled it covers a 12-foot by 12-foot area, and stands 6.5-feet in height, allowing most people to comfortably stand up without having to lower their heads. This gives the tent enough room to accommodate a queen-sized mattress, as well as plenty of gear and other equipment too.

There are six portal windows that allow exterior light to filer into the structure without compromising interior temperatures. Waterproof zippers help to keep both moisture and sand at bay. The floor can even be zipped out for quick and easy cleaning, and the tent even comes with high quality stakes and two combination locks to secure the door.

These silver futuristic looking tents weigh about 60 pounds and cost $1195 MSRP.  If people pre-order and wait 30-90 days for delivery they get $300 off.  Used SHIFTPODS sell for $600.  Can be shipped UPS and taken on an airplane.

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Cici and I are going to be setting up our new ShiftPod soon at our new Mobile Home Park, where we are living in a very tiny camper. We have a fenced in yard, kiddie pool, two big chairs (a recliner and a rocking chair) and our ShiftPod outside. When we do get it set up, just a matter of space right now, we will share photos. Also, we need a bed to go inside of it, so that we can sleep outside.

Meanwhile, here’s a photo of Cici in her new yard having a sun bath. She loves that people and doggies come by to visit her. And the bars are the ramp that was built for us to go into and out of the camper.

Photo on 3-27-16 at 12.01 PM #2



Upcoming Las Vegas Event


ShiftPods will be featured at this event coming up near Las Vegas. You could win one. You could sleep in one. You could see what the ShiftPod is all about up close and personal.



A new kind of music and lifestyle festival. From 12pm on Friday April 29 through sunset on Sunday May 1, 2016, we will gather at the Moapa River Indian Reservation near Las Vegas, Nevada, for a weekend filled with incredible music, visionary speakers, inspirational art and human connection.



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Utah pet friendly

Is your local shelter participating in Just One Day, Monday, June 11, 2012, a day of No Kill across the nation? More info…


Speaking of No Kill shelters…

Visiting Best Friends…

You know you want to visit Best Friends. It’s a gorgeous scenic place and wonderful for animal lovers. The Red Rocks are what I remember most fondly as well as the general ambience. Happy dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, horses, burros and all kinds of critters live here. And now, a few of the former V dogs do, too. Happy at home in this 33,000 acre sanctuary, the largest no-kill in the USA. Best times to visit are Fall and Spring… In between seasons, before winter and summer. It gets very hot in summer and cold in winter.  Be sure to take a tour of the property to get the lay of the land and eat at least one yummy healthy organic meal… filled with camaderie.

Kanab is a very small town about an hour away from St. George in southern Utah. St. George, Cedar City, Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon North Rim are nearby.


Kanab is located in the Golden Circle of southern Utah, which offers a breathtaking assortment of outdoor adventures for people who like to hike, bike, or just tour the open roads taking in the scenery.  It’s called the Golden Circle because it is close to Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the north rim of the Grand Canyon.  The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with its miles and miles of unadulterated, varied landscape is like no place else on earth.  It has such dramatic scenery; there are places that you’ll swear you’re on the moon.  But don’t fret; the refreshing plunge of Lake Powell, which reminds many people of an undisclosed island in the Mediterranean, is just a few miles away.  The above describes the surrounding area of Kanab, let’s talk about Kanab itself.  Besides being home to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, it’s got vast expanses of untouched BLM land just waiting to be explored.  It is also home to Kanab Creek, where you can also let your dog cool off before exploring one of the hundreds of trails in and around the grounds of Best Friends.  If you’re looking to reconnect with the natural world, this is the place to be.

Best Friends Animal Society

5001 Angel Canyon Road  Kanab, UT 84741
(435) 644-2001

While you are touring or volunteering at the sanctuary, it is important that your pet remain contained in a safe and comfortable place. BF does not offer any kind of “day care” for visiting pets. So if you want to bring a pet, please make your own arrangements. (Your car is not an option during the warm season.) The one exception is for people who are visiting the sanctuary for the purpose of adopting a pet. In this case, they strongly encourage you to bring other pets with you to the adoption area (only), in order to introduce your pets before finalizing an adoption. Many of the motels in Kanab will allow pets, as long as they are supervised. Additionally, there is a pet store in town, Critter Corner, that sells premium food and supplies.



According to my friend on Facebook Catherine who visited last year:

“It was wonderful and I highly recommend it – one of my favorite vacations ever. If you go, find a place to stay that allows dogs and Best Friends will let you take a dog on a sleepover one night. You can take them everywhere with you, out to dinner, for socializing.”  (not sure if that is only for folks who want to adopt a dog, so call and make sure).


Mr. Cherry Garcia stayed with his adopted family at the XbarH Lodge, while they got to know one another before his adoption, near to Best Friends…  no weight, size nor breed restrictions…no extra fee… all of the rooms are pet friendly… and according to Cherry, “It’s a beautiful place, great hiking, and JC, Michele, and Jack are some of the nicest people on earth!!! They will even watch your animal while you voluteer at BF!!! All for no extra charge!!!”


XbarH Lodge

708 Red Rock Dr.

Orderville UT  84758


Other pet friendly lodging options:

• The Avoca House The Avoca House, owned and operated by Grandma Bonnie, is a premier Bed & Breakfast located in Kanab, Utah. Why stay in a hotel or motel when visiting Southern Utah’s Little Hollywood? The Avoca House, built in 1912, quaintly nestled perfectly between Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon North Rim.  The  Avoca House Inn provides its visitors a breathtaking ‘base camp’ setting, perfect for avid hiker and casual sightseer. (435) 644-3172

• Purple Sage B&B The Purple Sage Inn was built in 1884 for Mormon pioneer William Derby Johnson, Jr., and his four wives. The house was built in two stages. The first part was a two-story part on the front followed by a one-story addition. (877) 644.5377

RV Parks

• Hitchin’ Post RV Park (435) 644-2142

• Kanab RV Corral (435) 644-5330

• Crazy Horse Camp Park (435) 644-2782

• Wahweap RV Park & Camping, (928) 645-2433

• Mt Carmel Trailer Park (435) 648-2323


• Ponderosa Campground (435) 644-2672
7 miles from Best Friends, primitive camping, $5/night.

• Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park 1-800-322-3770
12 miles from Best Friends, amenities, reservations recommended.

• Wahweap RV Park & Camping, (928) 645-2433

• Jacob Lake Campground, (928) 643-7395

 Cedar Breaks & Bryce Canyon
Sisters in geology, colors and appearance… the “Breaks” and Bryce Canyon are within an easy drive of Zion National Park. Both the Cedar Breaks and Bryce Canyon regions offer fantastic overlooks and hiking and horseback riding in season. The two parks are famous for the pastel-colored ridges and pinnacles that extend like ruined castles out from steep cliffs. Clouds often drift in and about the rock towers giving one a sense of forgetfulness in the multi-hued amphitheaters. Summers are cool, while in winter the parks often have snow.

Ruby’s Inn, Bryce Canyon


no extra charge for pets, most rooms allow pets

Bryce Cyn Resort


$10 Fee per night per pet

Victorian Inn

190 North 300 West
Kanab, UT 84741

Victorian Inn is an ideal place while touring southern Utah if you are tired of hotel chains. As Kanabs only Boutique style hotel, the Victorian Inn features all of the amenities of a large hotel chain, delivered in a more intimate setting. This beautiful hotel is emerging from a full renovation which began in early 2010 and recently ended 2011. The hotel now boasts well appointed luxurious rooms, free of charge high speed internet, a flat screen TV in every room and full hot breakfast every morning. You can also take advantage of free parking, business center, and fitness room.

Best Western


Pet Policy: Pets allowed based on the availability of pet friendly rooms. Up to 2 dogs per room with a 80 pound weight limit. Additional pet types (cats, birds, etc) may be accepted at the hotel’s discretion. Pet rate is $10.00 per day with a $100 per week maximum.

125 W Center Street, Kanab, Utah, 84741-3417, US
Phone: 435/644-2675

Holiday Inn


$20 pet fee per night, limited amt of pet rooms


Treasure Trail motel


Best Friends Visitors Welcome

Treasure Trail Motel is
Canine & Feline Friendly

Offers discounts for Best Friends Visitors and Volunteers. Pet rooms are limited so please inquire online or at the front desk. Also ask about the pet yard and pet-friendly golf course.

Rodeway Inn Kanab

70 S. 200 West
Kanab, UT 84741

The hotel is located in downtown Kanab, close to shopping and the area’s restaurants. Kanab is the jumping off point for southern Utah’s national parks, state parks and regional attractions. The hotel features comfortable rooms with free high-speed internet and cable TVs. Micro-Fridges are available and a continental breakfast is served daily. Pet accommodation: 6.00/night, per pet. Limit of 100lbs. and under. The pet must be crated or removed if the guest wants maid service.

Comfort Inn Kanab

815 East Highway 89
Kanab, UT 84741
Property is centrally located to Best Friends Animal Society, Bryce Canyon National Park, Brian Head Ski Resort, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Grand Canyon North Rim, Grand Staircase Escalate Visitor Center, Lake Powell and Zion National Park. Area activities include guided ATV tours and rentals, Horseback Riding and hiking trails. Pet accommodation: 10.00/night per pet. Pet Limit: max 2 pets per room, up to 75 pounds. Pets allowed in designated rooms only.

Shilo Inns Kanab

296 W 100 North
Kanab, UT 84741

The Shilo Inn Suites in Kanab is located within an easy drive to six national parks and monuments, which harbor some of the most beautiful canyons and landscape. Each guest room is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, ironing unit, hair dryer, and in-room movies and entertainment. . Free amenities include continental breakfast, high speed internet access, fresh coffee, free newspaper, free unlimited local and domestic long distance calls and airport shuttle. Facilities include a guest laundry and an outdoor heated pool *seasonal* and spa. Shilo Inns is 100 percent smoke free.

Dog friendly hiking

Dogs are welcome on the Negro Bill Canyon Trail in the Colorado River National Recreation Area that leads to the sixth longest stone arch in the United States.

Utah State Parks
1594 W North Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
(801) 538-7220

Zion National Park
“The brightest star next to the seat of God” aptly designates this park, one of the grandfathers of the national park system. Zion Canyon, up to 2,400 feet deep in places, cuts its way through the multi-color sheered cliffs and monolithic sandstone formations that define the region. Zion’s beauty is accessible the entire year with easy interstate access from Salt Lake City, Las Vegas (about 3-4 hours away), and the surrounding areas. A hiker’s and photographer’s paradise, Zion National Park is the cornerstone of the Zion – Bryce Canyon – Grand Canyon triangle.

At Zion, leashed pets are permitted on the Pa’rus Trail. Pets should not be left unattended in campgrounds. Essentially, this means that if you take your pet into the parks they can be with you in the campgrounds and inside your vehicle, and you can walk them in parking areas, but that’s about it.

Although pets are not permitted on practically any of the trails or in the backcountry in Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks, those traveling with their dogs can hike with them over miles of trails administered by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, adjacent to both national parks. Pets are also welcome, even on trails, in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (administered by the BLM) and in Utah’s state parks.


Pets should never be left in closed vehicles, where temperatures can soar to over 120°F (49°C) in minutes, resulting in brain damage or death, and there is no punishment too severe for the human who subjects a dog or cat to that torture. Outside Bryce Canyon National Park, Doggy Day Camp (tel. 435/690-9616) operates a boarding kennel; and pet boarding is available near Zion, in the community of Rockville, at Doggy Dude Ranch (tel. 435/772-3105; www.doggyduderanch.com).

Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/brycecanyonnationalpark/1561028783.html#ixzz1x4dfzzGU

Should you wish to contact Zion National Park, here are a couple of phone numbers:

Zion National Park Rangers – (435) 772-3256
Zion Natural History Association – (435) 772-3264

Best Western Zion Park Inn

1215 Zion Park Blvd. • Springdale, UT 84767
Phone. (435) 772-3200 Toll Free. (800) 934-7275


Lake Powell area

A couple of hours away from Kanab / Best Friends, 139 miles northeast of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon lies the city of Page, Arizona – home to the Glen Canyon Dam. Lake Powell is the second largest man-made reservoir in the country.

With over 1,800 miles of coastline, and 186 miles long, Lake Powell is a sightseer’s paradise. Whether by boat, on foot, or by vehicle the park offers access to remote, primordial areas of the Southwest most people cannot even imagine exist. Vistas are stunning, with Lake Powell’s blue-green color starkly contrasting the red-orange hues of the surrounding Canyonlands.


General Pet Policy: All Pets must be kept on a leash at all times when in public. Pets must never be left unattended. Guest must clean up after their own pets.

Houseboat Pet Policy: $10.00 per pet, per day fee charged and must be paid at time of boat pick-up. There is no limit as to how many pets. Pets are not allowed on the 75′ Odyssey, 75′ Excursion, 62 journey.

Powerboat Pet Policy: Pets are allowed on the 19′ Powerboats with no fee. Pets are allowed on the 36′ Weekender. Pets are not allowed on the 20′ Ski Boats or 23′ Centurians.

Pet Policy: Pets are allowed in Standard Rooms only at Lake Powell Resort. A $20.00 non-refundable deposit per pet per night is required.

Pet Policy: The Defiance House Lodge is pet friendly with all room types allowing pets. There is a $10.00 pet fee per pet per night. Owners need to be aware that they are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Pets are not to be left unattended. There are 4 rooms that are designated as ‘Pet Free’ for guests who have allergies.


Grand Canyon North Rim
Only about a 2-hour drive away, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon offers more world-class views for all to enjoy. Be sure to take your camera. Due to its high elevation, the Grand Canyon North Rim is only accessible after the winter snows have melted around May, and it closes again after the snow flies in the late fall.


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


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Help Pets of Homeless People

Being homeless in our society is being a fugitive on the run, a person cannot BE anywhere…it is illegal to sit on a bench or sleep in a park or public land… people cannot use public toilets and are moved from one place to another, they are not allowed to be in a shelter during the day but there is no place for them to go/be…stores ask them to leave, so do libraries… they can be arrested for loitering… NIMBY (not in my backyard) is all too often what happens.

Sticking people in shelters DOES NOT SOLVE homelessness. And many shelters do NOT allow pets.

The government is in denial, citizens are in denial, everyone is in denial so the problem does NOT get solved. Shutting down our eyes, ears and mouths, turning away, sending someone elsewhere does NOT help anyone. How would YOU feel if you suddenly lost YOUR job and YOUR home and were left to fend for yourself? Maybe you have family and friends who you could seek assistance from but for how long? And what if you don’t?

Imagine how YOU would feel being all alone without a home or food and NO ONE to turn to besides strangers.

The key to ending homelessness is adequate and affordable housing, and to help people take charge of and get help for their financial or mental instability in order to become self-sufficient.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, approximately 40 percent of homeless males are veterans, with many experiencing mental disabilities. Approximately 7 to 9 percent of the homeless population are under the age of 18, and 50 percent are families with children. Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children, and approximately 25,000 homeless women and children received help from domestic violence services each year.

It is estimated by the National Coalition for the Homeless that between 5 percent to 10 percent of homeless people have dogs and/or cats.

There are different types of homeless people. Some are homeless, but live in their car, van or motorhome; others live in camping areas, and still others live literally in the streets. Some homeless people may have mild to serious emotional or mental issues, whereas others had a string of bad luck that turned into homelessness.

Read more: How to Help Pets of Homeless People | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_5025227_help-pets-homeless-people.html#ixzz1jAB2Bzn7

Is The US Government Wasting Money on Homelessness?


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced that the federal government spent $2.9 billion for federal homeless programs in 2009, a dollar amount typically allocated each year.

In this season of a growing national budget deficit, where lawmakers are fighting over what sort of government spending cuts should be implemented, critics of homeless spending jumped on the GAO report.

Three billion dollars per year, and homelessness continues to soar? Critics argue the infrastructure to end homelessness is imploding. They say that with the national cost of building a home pegged at $200,000 per unit, 145,000 homes for the homeless could be built each year with this money.

That is a lot of homes, a lot of housed homeless people.

Is the government really using its dollars to end homelessness, or is this multi-billion dollar annual investment just another kind of pork-barrel scheme?…

Homelessness is a result of a broken social safety net in this country, a system that spews homeless people on to the streets from the Department of Defense, Department of Social Services, prisons, mental and physical health institutions, and foster care programs.

Throw in unemployment, spousal and child abuse, lack of a comprehensive health care system for anyone living below middle class, and this country ends up with more than a million Americans on the street. (Some even think the number is more.)



if you would like to help people who are without a home … stop/prevent foreclosures… assist people to get housing even squat in abandoned homes… there are 4 million homeless and 40 million (not exact stats.) abandoned/vacant homes in the US…

Make affordable housing a priority in your community…Sticking people in shelters DOES NOT SOLVE homelessness.

Start a group, maybe a non-profit to address the root cause issues practically, and GIVE to the needy/homeless what they need… a Place to Rest… Housing… an Affordable Home…

if u dare… ask your church, local govt what they are doing to help people, volunteer at a food bank or homeless shelter… your eyes will OPEN… you likely will be appalled to find out that the organizations who are supposed to help the needy/homeless people too often turn people away, have VERY limited resources, are bureaucracies, are NOT places anyone would want to stay in and/or abuse/exploit the homeless for money…


you might want to keep a bag in your car to help people u see holding signs… first, talk to the people and find out what they specifically need… people are individuals and have different needs.


This is a suggestion, items are optional but often what is needed.

Keep a BAG in your vehicle. A backpack. Fill it with the following:
1. At least 2 bottles of water
2. A bag of fruit, apples, dried fruit and nuts (trail mix), energy bars, oatmeal, easy to eat but nourishing, or if u can, a gift card for grocery store

pet food… often there is a dog or cat that has been adopted and in need… that may need vet care or spay/neutering
3. A set of plastic utensils
4. A set of clothes. Shirt, Shorts/pants, sox, maybe a pair of shoes, hat, gloves
5. Travel items
Tooth brush
Tooth paste
Shave Cream
Toilet paper (yes they make travel size TP)
clean towel
sleeping bag/tent
prepaid cell phone or phone card

give the bag to the person(s)…

if the person(s) has a pet, or if you just would like to donate to Pets of the Homeless, please paypal your donation to prmatchmaker@yahoo.com and you will be assisting needy and/or homeless folks to feed their pets.

Thank you.

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dog nose best…

cici was whining while i was sitting in the car with her by the beach watching the waves the other night… i thought it was too cold to go onto the beach but finally i gave in and it was not too cold and she met up with two other dogs and chased them plus sniffed and dug sand and had a real blast… when in doubt, trust your dog…

was given the runaround by a couple of inns in Cambria … and went back to the blue whale inn and got some home baked cookies for me and cici. we’ve decided that they are the only inn in Cambria with any kind of dogitude. Plus, was thinking that people with dogitude tend to be kind to other humans and animals and people without a shred of dogitude are just plain mean.


we decided to camp out near san simeon and our air bed was deflated, it was quite cold outside but toasty inside the tent with our sleeping bags. was surprised to see so many other people camping out this early in the season, most were in rv’s though, there was a gal and guy from orange county who had a tent up, too… no other dogs the first night but last night there was a plethora including three greyhounds, a tiny slinky dog, and some others.

in the morning, we were looking for the library and found the dog park instead. cici met up with about 6-7 dogs and had a great time chasing the dogs… including her new boyfriend bixby, a year old herding dog, Mocha, a chocolate lab puppy, blixen, a white German shepherd, Tucker a ball chasing lab, and Katie, a cutie. later at the beach, she sniffed out some squirrels and stalked lizards as well as made some other new doggie friends.

we found a beach near to the hearst castle that has easy access and she chased several dogs. I looked around the Hearst castle visitor center, am not big on climbing 150-450 stairs, so I passed on the tour… but the visitor center has a free museum where you can poke around and learn about WR Hearst and his castle and empire… with all of the people who have lost their homes recently seems like a big waste having a castle sitting there with no one living in it…


all in all, spring has sprung and cici has been happy chewing on a bone…


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trail runner portable doggie bowls..

we are not camping out but decided to try out this portable, waterproof and lightweight bowl with a waterproof liner … great for hiking, biking and camping…


it works really well… I have given cici food and water and a combination of food and water and she gave it a workout but it stood up to her messy eating habits… it is leakproof and can be folded up easily to take with you wherever you go with your favorite pooch. Love the way it seems bottomless… you can put in a whole lotta food and/or water… PLUS they are eco friendly, are made from natural latex rubber, a renewable and sustainable source.

Ruff Wear collapsible bowls are perfect for traveling with your pooch to the beach, park, on the road …

Comes in three colors, we got red, but there is also blue or yellow… Ruff Wear’s super handy when you’re on the go. The Trail Runner easily tucks into your pocket for daily walks and exercising.

* Small size bowl
* 1680-Denier ballistic nylon shell
* Black nylon polyurethane-coated waterproof liner
* Leak-proof, spill-proof
* Compact, lightweight, collapsible

Model Opening Height Capacity
Trail Runner 5″ diameter 3″ 24 fl. oz


for dogs on the gooooo…


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top 15 places to travel with your dog…

Exploring places to visit with your dog in the wild west… California, Nevada and Oregon…?  check out the places Cici and I have visited this summer and last summer…  from Carson City, Nevada to Florence, Oregon…

please join our sisterhood of the traveling bikini dog panties… (remember, Dottie)…

Cici and I have decided that these are the top 15 places to travel with your dog

Mendocino, California

Carmel, California

Grants Pass, Oregon

Florence, Oregon

Las Vegas, Nevada

Hollywood, California

Grand Canyon

Rocky Mountains


New York


Sequoia National Park (the trees, the trees)

Sierras (Tahoe)



check out our reviews of many of these places…




Tail Waggin Travels is a cool Pet Adventure Travel Show. Deni the Golden Mix and Rob travel across the United States finding great places to stay, eat and have fun with your pet.

and these are just fun places to take your dog anywhere….






bank (for treats)

chocolate shops and factories (samples for the human, none for the K9)

Don’t forget to stop and smell and sniff the roses (botanical gardens)

and eat ice cream you scream we all scream for ice cream (cowlick’s, dairy queen, bj’s)


Now that you have all your travel tips, from road tripping to flying with your dog, where do you go? Well, we’re glad you asked. With a couple of clicks of the mouse on the Web, you can find all kinds of destinations that are pet-friendly. Depending on what your preference is, from the big city to the great outdoors, there is something for everyone.

For those with stars in their eyes, you can take Spot to visit his favorite movie star in Hollywood. You and your dog will enjoy a self-guided walk through the Star’s Homes. Not much of an infatuation with the stars … how about a shopping trip? In Hollywood, California, some shops in Beverly Hills will allow well-behaved, leashed dogs to visit their clothing shops. If that’s not quite what you had in mind, but you want to provide some culture and refinement: how about a trip to Napa Valley? Napa Valley of course, famous for the vineyards, is also pet-friendly. Vineyards such as Beringer Vineyard, Sullivan Vineyards and many others, welcome dogs on the grounds and some even in the tasting room, but be sure to do your research before leaving home. In addition to the fabulous vineyards, Old Faithful Geyser and the Petrified Forest are great places to enjoy with Spot.

For the city travelers …. be sure to travel to Chicago and visit Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern University for a nice walk, or attend a baseball game for Dog Day at the Park. On a Sunday afternoon take a Canine Cruise with Mercury Skyline Cruiseline. Catering specifically to you and your dogs, this cruise highlights downtown Chicago landmarks.

Still looking for more … off to New York City you go to visit the Statue of Liberty. Then take a stroll down the many avenues and dine at an outdoor restaurant such as Barking Dog Luncheonette or Grey Dog Café. Have you both eaten too much? No problem, give Pet Taxi or Pet Chauffeur a call to take you to your next destination or to your pet-friendly hotel for the day.

Okay, so none of that is really what you are looking for, so here are some basic cool places to go with your dog. We’re sure he’ll love it! It’s cheap, usually generally accessible and you always have it available. Yes, it’s the great OUTDOORS! Typically the backyard, local park or maybe even a state park, are places you would take your dog to visit. Have you ever thought about how your dog might like to see the Wild West? Yellowstone? The Grand Canyon? Rocky Mountains? By doing some simple research you can easily find state or national parks that have paths specifically designed for you and your dog. You will want to make sure to plan ahead, as there are still some areas where your dog is not allowed.

Some additional tips to keep in mind, while traveling with your dog can be a wonderful experience, always remember to be a responsible dog owner. Always keep clean up baggies with you and clean up after your dog. Your dog should always be on a leash for his safety and your well being. So get out there and enjoy the city life or great outdoors with man’s best friend!

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