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million dollar dog park makeover

BENEFUL® Asks America’s Dog Owners: HOW BIG CAN YOU DREAM?


Second Dream Dog Park Contest to Award another $500,000 Dog Park Makeover;

Design Expert and TV Personality Jason Cameron to Help Bring the Beneful Dream Dog Park to Life

Last year’s winner


If your dog park is anything like Monterey’s, it is a sad excuse of a dog park, especially for a wealhy community full of dog lovers. Yes, dogs can run on the beaches but it is not the same thing as a dog park. And Monterey’s dog park is two tiny little fenced areas full of wood chips that hurt dog paws. Apparently the city of Monterey do NOT know dogs. Dogs LOVE to roll around on the GRASS and the dog park has NO GRASS. No place for dog owners to sit down, no tables and it attracts THE WORST dogs. Truly appalling. The nearest nicest dog park we’ve ever been to is in Morgan Hill more than an hour away from here. Too far to go. Morgan Hill has lots of trees, grass, benches and open space for dogs to RUN.  There needs to be a doggie water fountain as well as a pond for the dogs especially when it gets so hot in the summertime. And Monterey should have a dog park like Morgan Hill’s. Or Seaside should have a great dog park like Morgan Hill’s or better.

Monterey’s pathetic excuse of a dog park…  The City’s Neighborhood Improvement Program approved $15,000 for construction of the park, and the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission selected the site…


Morgan Hill Dog Park


So this is a contest that Cici and I can relate to and would like to WIN.

Now here is the press release info:

Millions of dog owners agree that life is best enjoyed with the company of their four-legged friends, and a trip to the local dog park is one of the greatest ways to spend quality time together. To recognize and celebrate these special moments, Beneful® brand dog food is announcing its Dream Dog Park Contest that invites dog owners to share ideas for the ultimate dog park for their daily adventures with their best buddy.

Now in its second year, the contest challenges dog owners to get creative and Dream Big as they answer the question: If you had $500,000 to spend to create the ultimate dream dog park, what would you do? Functional or just plain fun, one lucky Grand Prize winner’s idea will help serve as inspiration for a half-million dollar makeover of a dog park that the entire community can enjoy.  Dog owners can enter the contest from now through June 21 at BenefulDreamDogPark.com.

How the Contest Works


To enter the Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest, dog owners are asked to complete an online entry form and submit a 250-word (or less) essay that answers the question: If you had $500,000 to create a dream dog park for you and your best buddy, what would you do?  Entrants must also include a photo of them with their dog showing how life is better when they are together.

In addition to having his or her idea(s) help serve as inspiration for a $500,000 makeover of a dog park, the Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash award and a year’s supply of Beneful® brand dog food. In addition, nineteen runners-up will each receive a year’s supply of Beneful® brand dog food. The Beneful Dream Team, which includes Cameron and pet expert and bestselling author Arden Moore, will serve as judges to help select the winner.   Cameron will also manage the transformation of the park, with Moore providing expertise from the dog’s point of view.



Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest Timeline


·         May 12 – June 21, 2011 – Contest entry period (Round 1: essay of 250 words or less and photo)

·         June/July 2011 – Independent judging panel selects up to 20 finalists based on: creativity of the idea(s) (60%); feasibility of bringing the idea(s) to life (20%); and whether the idea(s) effectively demonstrate how life is better with your dog (20%)

·         July 2011 – August 1, 2011 Finalists submit an up to two minute video showcasing their dream dog park ideas (Round 2)

·         August 8 – September 8, 2011 – Public votes on the finalists’ videos; Beneful Dream Team judges them using the same criteria as Round 1 to help select the Grand Prize winner (judging is 90% of final score; assigned public voting rank is 10%)

·         September 2011 – Grand Prize Winner announced

·         Spring 2012 – Newly-renovated dog park unveiled

To excite and inspire dog owners even further, Beneful brand dog food will unveil America’s first Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek, GA, on June 15, 2011. The $500,000 renovation was inspired by last year’s Grand Prize winner, Johns Creek resident Pat McNeely and his lovable Siberian Husky named Koda.

“Once dog owners across the country get a look at the inaugural Dream Dog Park in Johns Creek, Ga., complete with a giant bone-shaped ramp with tunnels and water splash pads, they will be even more motivated to enter this year’s contest. One lucky winner’s idea will help serve as inspiration for a $500,000 renovation of a dog park in his/her area,” said Ken Wilhelm, Beneful Brand Director.

For more information on the contest, official rules and to enter, visit BenefulDreamDogPark.com.

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bit by a dog…

at 7 am this morning, cici was lying peacefully at my feet underneath the desk while I was on the computer. Morgan came over and let cici know that was not ok, her turf or whatever.

morgan kept sniping at cici all day yesterday and finally this morning cici had enough and they got into it… and I got bit by Morgan while pulling them apart. Put cici in the car and she was fine and docile. then put morgan behind a closed door and she yapped for an hour.

Cici was playing sweetly with Chloe and the two of them were very cute together. Chloe is tiny, maybe 8-10 pounds. Cici went into submissive mode with her a few times to let her know that she was not going to hurt her and Chloe played with her and snacked on pencils and other stuff on the floor.

My leg hurts, the bite is right near where I have a scar from falling on the beach in Carmel in June. ouchie…

I think that if a dog snipes and yaps at your dog, keep your dog away… the dog is aggressive, maybe passive aggressive, has issues, dominance and you do not want anyone to get hurt. at least neither of the dogs got hurt but now I have to keep them apart.


How to Take Care of Dog and Cat Bites: Cleaning and Treatment Steps

When the dog (or cat) bites, you need to take action immediately. A 1999 study by David Talan of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Emergency Medicine Animal Bite Infection Study Group showed that animal bites could introduce bacteria that cause serious, even potentially fatal, infections. The study found staph, strep, and bacteria from the Pasteurella family, as well as other disease-causing bacteria. You can see that it’s important to clean and treat bite wounds, but know that some bites will require a visit to the doctor.

Immediate Bite Care
Don’t waste time after you’ve been bitten. Follow these steps, as well as any after-care steps, in order to play it safe:

  • Wash the area with soap and water
  • Use pressure from clean towels to stop bleeding
  • Cover the wound with a sterile bandage
  • Raise the wound above your heart to reduce swelling
  • Leave wounds uncovered after a few hours, unless on the face
  • Rub on antibiotic ointment twice daily

When to See a Doctor
Taking care of your wounds at home may not be enough, especially if your health is already affected by diabetes, cancer, or a weakened immune system. Also, if you haven’t had a tetanus booster in over five years, you are at greater risk for developing lockjaw.

Seek medical care for:

  • Any cat bite
  • A dog bite to the head, hand, or foot
  • A deep, gaping wound
  • Bleeding that doesn’t stop after 15 minutes of pressure
  • Possible broken bones, nerve damage, or other trauma
  • Symptoms of infection including swelling, redness, warmth, oozing pus, increasing soreness, and fever

How the Doctor Treats Bite Wounds
The doctor will look at the wound to determine treatment. Depending on the type of damage, any of the following may be part of your care:

  • Flushing the wound with water or saline
  • Removing damaged tissue
  • Checking tendons or nerves for damage, as well as bones
  • Using stitches to close the wound, although wounds are often kept open to aid in healing
  • Giving a tetanus shot
  • Ordering antibiotics, usually in the case of high-risk wounds or if the wound is very infected
  • Scheduling a follow-up for a few days later
  • Referring you to a specialist or sending you to a hospital, if needed

Rabies Treatment Information
Don’t overlook the risk of rabies infection. Although it is rare in domestic pets, it’s good to be cautious. The dog or cat that bit you should be quarantined for ten days to see if it develops symptoms of rabies. Luckily, you will need shots only if the animal can’t be found, it shows signs of rabies, or if it tests positive for rabies. If you do need the shot series, your first shot should be given very soon after the bite, followed by a series of five shots over a 28-day period.

Take Cat and Dog Bites Seriously
Although bites are more common than people like to think, don’t make the mistake of ignoring your wounds. Prevent infection — your health depends upon it.

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back in Carson city… found a dog park!

cici and i are back in Carson City, Nevada… got a new car and it needs some work, will take it to the mechanic on Monday…

just today, we went to the Father’s Day Pow Wow and on the way back, we stopped at a yard sale and found a fenced park where dogs are actually allowed off leash, except for two hours a day from 4-6 pm, they have to be on leash… it was too hot at 1pm but am planning to go back tonight and tomorrow morning… took her to Davis Creek last weekend but my leg was hurting from when I fell at Carmel beach.

below is some info about dog park safety and the benefits of taking your dog to a dog park…


dog’s first bite against a human happening after a history of aggression towards other dogs is actually extremely common.  People unfamiliar with actual dog bite data still like to perpetuate the myth that aggression in dogs is reliably species-specific, and that aggression towards dogs means people are safe.  They’re not.

Social benefits of dog parks

Because off-leash dog parks help dogs achieve the highest levels of socialization by ensuring they meet all kinds of other dogs and people, there is likely a correlating decrease in the number of biting incidents committed by these dogs.  The more dog parks, the more dogs are likely to have these socialization opportunities.

Years ago, I said this, “When the studies are done, we’ll find that cities with ample access to off-leash areas for proper socialization and training will be the cities with the lowest incidence of dog bites.”




Dog parks can be great places for your dog.They can meet and play with other dogs, run in large areas free from their leash and safe from traffic hazards. They can meet all kinds of new people of different colors, ages and sizes, and some of those suckers…er umm people even dish out treats!

Dog parks can also be dangerous places for your dog. Most dog parks have rules posted requiring the dogs to be vaccinated and excluding “aggressive” dogs. That’s great in theory. Have you ever had to show proof of your dog’s vaccinations before entering a dog park? Not every dog owner is responsible maintaining their dog’s vaccinations. Between, sharing kisses, water dishes, and toys, dogs who frequent dog parks run the potential for being exposed to worms, giardia, and other parasites and diseases.


pit bulls at dog parks…

benefits of doggie daycare vs. dog parks


Doggie Daycare vs. the Dog Park: The difference between doggie daycares vs. dog parks/group of loose dogs is a controlled environment. Here at Pawtropolis, the staff member assumes the position of “alpha.” The dogs in day care quickly learn to recognize staff members as the leaders of the pack. We, as staff, are able to formulate the best playgroups, match dogs of similar sizes, similar play styles, etc. Staff also step in to help the aforementioned puppy (aka, “doggie nerds” as we like to call them) appropriately interact with his adult peers. In addition, we help dogs understand when another dog is not in the mood to play, redirecting their attention and/or matching them with other equally playful dogs. Furthermore, we have the luxury of selecting only those dogs suited for doggie daycare as well as keeping all unneutered males over 7 months old out of the playgroups. Lastly, staff keep all food out of the communal areas to curtail food aggression among the dogs.


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why do you love your dog?

yes, she’s got another new beau…  kinda like a boy crazy teenage girl… we revisited the McDog park in Fort Bragg twice this week. Monday was wonderful, without incident. She played with her old pal Gracie from the Atrium B&B and about 6-7 other dogs. Gracie’s like a Benjie dog, big furry, adorable, sweet,  she guards her toys to make sure no one else can get them away from her… she is one big ball of fluffy love…

Today, cici met Hank, Chaka, Zipper, I know i am forgetting a few dogs and she also played with Roxie… Hank and Cici had a grand old time and Zipper kept Cici running and chasing…  she really needed the exercise both Monday and today, Saturday.

We also went to the Pacific Mist Inn afterwards and she licked poor Tasha upside the face and there was a little tiny Lassie look alike that we kept away from since she seemed overwhelmed by Tasha… Tasha is THE most mellow K9 ever, a grand ol lady, we figured that the poor dog was not ready tor Cici’s exuberant tail wagging and kisses.

I think dog parks are wonderful for the dogs and owners. The K9’s need a safe place to run, play and socialize with others of their species.  Which reminds me that there was another dog that Cici was not allowed near, a really tiny Chihauuau mix, who kept sniffing around her and a cat who has smartly evaded Cici’s awareness.  This morning it was close, the cat came out and Cici was walking but the frisky feline fled the scene before Cici was the wiser. There have been a few birds that have also kept their distance and a rabbit and a deer on the road that she did not notice.

Fun things to do in Fort Bragg with your dog

Botanical gardens

Cowlick’s ice cream

Glass beach and other beaches

McDog park

Stay at a pet friendly inn

Eat at a pet friendly restaurant



All in all, I figure that Cici has played with at least 130 dogs, the four dogs last year at Kings Canyon, at least 24 dogs at the McDog park in Fort Bragg this week, the four dogs recently in Mariposa near Yosemite, the dog in the undisclosed location, Frankie in Genoa, Karma, Jake and a whole bunch of dogs in Carson City, plus the dogs in Fresno at the dog park there, the dogs at the beaches in Carmel and Monterey, the K9’s she met in Pacific Grove on the hiking trails, the golden retrievers and other dogs she met over Christmas and New Years in the Marina, not to mention all her buddies at the vet hospital that she would have loved to have played with but was unable to do so because of the injury to her leg.

Funny, I just realized that I cannot think of any dogs that she played with in Oregon except one dog at the beach in Brookings up there last summer, none in Ashland or Medford, none in Mt. Shasta nor Susanville.  She did not play with any dogs in Bridgeport, Jackson, Arnold, Markleeville, Marysville, Virginia City, or Dayton either.

At David Walley’s Hot Springs resort in Genoa, someone told me about pit bulls being called nanny dogs… she said that cici looked like a nanny dog.  most everyone tells me how cute, beautiful and delicious she is and I have to agree… when she’s being good and listening… my dog trainer, car rental friend Deb said she will help me teach the gurl a thing or two…

why do we love dogs so much?  is it because they always have a kiss or two or three or four, a wagging tail, a funny happy doggy smile, a cuddly warm belly to rub, four paws up, or what?  why do you love your dog? perhaps we should have a writing contest…  tell me please in less than 100 words, why do you love your dog?  could be a poem, essay, letter, whatever… even a photo or two or three…  win the free giveaway, ok, it’s sunday, not monday, but hey it’s a holiday weekend…

ok, for starters, why I love cici is she is always sweet, she makes me laugh a lot, she is so funny, she has this way of making me feel better and inspires me to be a better person, she is cuddly and does quirky things like putting her head on my shoulder while I’m driving or sticking her head under the bed and growling when she is mad at me or wants to do something am not letting her do, she is a wonderful companion and a silly bug stalker… she’s my bug… my silly dilly bug… and she’s smart, too… she also really goes for what she wants, is determined to get what she wants no matter what obstacle be in her way… she is a cuddly bug… the polka dot swirl of a pearl of a gurl of my heart… awwwwwww…  ok, get the idea… now how about you?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

can you love your dog too much?



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K9 snow day…

Cici’s having a snow day…  she needs to go outside and play. In the morning, I took her romping about, she jumped up on the yard furniture, ran and chased the ball… and licked a visitor and friend’s feet… tough life for the girl… so she had to sleep it off… in between barking at me and being a pest…

been checking out some tasty looking homemade dog treats to make at the Dog Channel… will post tomorrow…meanwhile, here is a story I found on the Dog Channel news wire…  I have been wanting people to combine foster kids, seniors, abused women and dogs/cats, forever… why not let a little sunshine into their lives… dogs need loving companions and homes, and kids, seniors and women need K9 love and kisses, so why not put them all together…  one big happy family…


The American Humane Association (AHA) has created a program to promote on-site pet housing at women’s shelters in hopes of helping battered women who are reluctant to leave their partners because they are afraid for the safety of their pets.”AHA’s Director of Public Policy, Allie Phillips, created the Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS) program, and has witnessed the dilemma faced by victims who stay with abusers because they are fearful of what will happen to their pets if they leave….”

My blog is now worth $2,500 more than it was 10 days ago…

My blog is worth $16,371.66.How much is your blog worth?

Now here is my girl reclining on the couch… after a hard day at work at home…  


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