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Happy April

Happy April !  here’s a little April Fool’s Day doggie fun…




Sorry folks that I’ve not been here much but I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago and just had surgery. Today, I find out the results of the surgery.


While I was getting surgery and recovering, Cici had fun playing with other doggies at a Bed and Biscuits place in Santa Cruz, thanks to Peace of Mind Dog Rescue.


She came back exhausted and slept, conked out and dreaming a lot. She has had two people walking her to help me. Kind people.


People have been amazing.


I thank each and every one of the folks who have stepped up to the plate for me and Cici.


Hopefully, we will have a New Home to move into very very soon.


Thank you, thank you, thank you.


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Pets Home Alone

5 Ways to Help a Lonely Pet

Chronic loneliness and social isolation is not only debilitating for humans; dogs and cats can also suffer the psychological, and perhaps physical, impacts of being alone and not emotionally connected or engaged on a regular basis. Pet loneliness, which differs from separation anxiety, can manifest from a new or temporary situation triggered by changes like moving to a new home, a teenager going off to college, or a significant schedule alteration for the owner. More worryingly, it can be a long-term problem caused by prolonged seclusion—a situation that, unfortunately, becomes a way of life for many of our nation’s four-legged family members.

There is debate as to whether or not research on chronic loneliness, proven to have direct links to impeding both the mental and physical health of humans—including conditions like dementia, insomnia, anxiety, depression and potentially lethal heart disease—impacts pets in similar ways. More certainly, however, even beyond potential ominous health concerns, lonely pets can be unhappy, bored and lethargic. This often leads to a variety of unsavory behaviors and dissatisfaction for all involved. The more social the pet’s nature, the higher probability that problems will be present and persist.


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(Fortunately, my Cici, the Polka Dot Princess, is rarely home alone. And when she is, her couch or my bed or her house (her crate) are where she resides and sleeps until I come back).  But not all dogs are so lucky.  In addition to the list below, we would add, put the TV or radio on or some comforting canine music, give them a familiar article of clothing with your smell on it, and/or depending upon their level of separation anxiety, you might give them a dose of Rescue Remedy or another all natural calming remedy before you leave, to keep them happy. You could also bring them to doggie daycare or hire a pet sitter or dog walker on a regular basis if possible.


To help keep America’s dogs and cats more stimulated and satisfied during “alone time,” Paul Mann, Founder and CEO of FETCH! Pet Care, offers these 5 tips on how to avoid pet loneliness and turn this sad face into a happy doggie smile:  (you know the sad eyes face that they give you before you leave when they know they are not going with you)







  1. Exercise a pet before exiting: As close as possible to the time you leave a pet alone, give them a physical workout. Take your dog on a brisk walk or play a game of fetch, and play a game of laser tag or “chase the string” with your cat.This exercise will tire and calm your pet physically so they can utilize the alone time to catch up on rest and recuperation. It also exhilarates them emotionally, fostering a healthier state of mind.
  2. Arrange regular midday visits: The best-case scenario is when an owner can come home at least once during the business day, perhaps for lunch, to spend a little quality time with Fido or Felix.Those whose schedule or commute doesn’t always allow for this should consider hiring a professional dog walker or pet sitter who can stimulate your furry friend and provide regular affection, companionship, socialization and exercise.
  3. Provide engaging play toys: Leave your dog or cat’s favorite toys and anything else you can think of so they can remain entertained in your absence.While treats may not last long in toys, you can also try inserting or freezing them inside a toy to provide a mental challenge. There are also puzzle game treat dispensers on the market that encourage a dog’s natural foraging behavior by stimulating their sense of smell. Dogs learn to lift the compartment covers and rotate the toy to retrieve the hidden treats, keeping them happy and engaged. There are also a bevy of fun and challenging play-alone activity toys for cats available like motorized wands, automatic cat teasers and even a scampering self-correcting mouse that automatically moves to engage natural hunting instincts.
  4. Capitalize on sensory stimulants: Be it an outdoor shady and well-protected space in the yard where your pet can watch birds, squirrels and other wildlife, watching Animal Planet on TV, or seeing or hearing you through a web-connected device at certain times of the day, there are many ways to ensure your pet has entertainment and peace-of-mind while you are away.
  5. Find a furry friend: Many pets enjoy spending time with other animals, whether they be the same breed or type of pet, or not. Many dogs and cats play quite well together. A common solution is to adopt a second pet as a companion for your dog or cat but, if that isn’t a viable solution, pre-arrange pet play dates. Perhaps you have a friend or family member’s pet over one day, and alternate so the other party takes your pet on other days, Of course, take the time to consider how your pet would react to this and what kind of pet is ideal. Optimally, do a test run over multiple hours with you on location to observe the interaction and behaviors before leaving the two animals “home alone” together.

Avoiding, rectifying or reversing a pet’s state of loneliness can have tremendous and immediate benefits for the animal and the household at large.  Following even a few of the tips above will improve a pet’s quality of life and surely get their tail wagging again.

Paul Mann is the Founder and CEO of Fetch! Pet Care—the nation’s largest and most trusted franchisor for professional pet sitting, dog walking, and pet fitness/exercise services—serving thousands of pets and pet parents throughout the United States from coast to coast. He may be reached online at: www.FetchPetCare.com.


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Mt Shasta pet friendly


The best times to visit: spring and fall when temps are moderate. in summer, temps get into the high 90’s and 100’s, pooches paws can get burned on the pavements so beware and prepare if you plan to stay in town during the summer… there are lots of lakes and hiking trail activities to cool off, camping and of course Mt. Shasta.


Castle:  From the Visitors Bureau, go west on Lake St. and cross over I-5. You will come to a stop sign at the intersection of Old Stage Rd. which is in front of the Fish Hatchery & Sisson Museum. Turn left onto Old Stage Rd,. In ¼ mile the road will fork. Stay to the right onto W.A. Barr Rd. and continue past the Mount Shasta Resort golf course, cross over the Box Canyon Dam and turn left onto Castle Lake Rd. which is ¼ mile from the dam bridge. Continue on this road for 7 miles and you will arrive at Castle Lake.

McCloud River with three waterfalls

From the Visitors Bureau, go west on Lake St. to I-5 south towards Dunsmuir. Take the Hwy. 89 exit towards McCloud; drive past the town of McCloud and continue 5.5 miles to the “Fowler’s Campground Lower Falls” sign and turn right. The parking area at Lower Falls is 1 mile. You can hike to the Middle Falls and back to the parking area in about 1.5 hours, and hike to the Upper Falls and back to the parking area in about 3 hours. If you don’t wish to hike, you can drive to see the Middle and Upper Falls from the viewing areas off of the campground road which is located about ¼ mile before the parking area.

You can take your dog paddle boarding on Lake Siskiyou

Pet policy:

Pets are not allowed at the beach area, food service areas or in any lodging units.  Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort is a pet-friendly Resort.  We welcome your leashed, accompanied pets in any other area of the Resort, including the Marina

At Mt. Shasta City, Take Central, (#738) I-5 Exit. Go West, away from town to STOP. Turn LEFT, Bear Right after 1/4 mile at fork. Go past golf course and over dam. Entrance 1.5 miles on RIGHT




Lake Siskiyou Trail

Dogs are allowed anywhere on the network of trails within the Old Ski Bowl ridge line, where even in high summer you can usually walk to the snow. Rover has to be leashed at the Bunny Flat and Panther Meadows rest areas, and the only extended dog-friendly hike is the Gray Butte Trail, a 3.4-mile round trip out of Panther Meadows. This very special path, accessible June into October, crosses a sacred Native American site and takes in otherworldly stands of old-growth fir and mountain hemlocks to reach a saddle with expansive views. At an altitude of 9,129 feet, you’ll both be panting, but oh so glad you came.

Check in with the Mount Shasta Trails Association for other dog friendly hikes in the Mount Shasta region.

Dog Park

Mt Shasta City Park

From the Visitors Bureau, go east on Lake St. to the traffic light at Mt. Shasta Blvd. Go left and continue approximately 1 mile until you see the Mt. Shasta Animal Hospital sign on the right. Turn left at the next street which is Nixon Rd. and then turn right into the Mt. Shasta City Park.

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta is a very popular attraction. You can view the mountain best by taking the “scenic drive” which is 14 miles long and takes about 30 minutes driving time each way. From the Visitors Bureau, go east on Lake St.; pass the traffic light and continue several blocks where the road curves to the left becoming Everitt Memorial Highway. Continue on Everitt Memorial Highway for 12 miles where you will come to the Bunny Flat parking area and if the road has been cleared of snow, drive another 2 miles to the Old Ski Bowl parking area. The views are outstanding and you will see nature in its grandest.  Dogs must be on leash and are not allowed above 10,000 feet.

Sacred Sites

The “Mt. Shasta Sacred Sites Guidebook”, available at the Visitors Bureau. There are 13 sites considered to have special energy.

Lavendar farm has an on site dog



Dog Sledding



Campgrounds are generally pet friendly. The mineral springs is probably not.

Stewart Mineral Springs

Phone: 530-938-2222

Website: http://www.stewartmineralsprings.com

Location: 4617 Stewart Springs Rd., Weed, California 96094

Soothing, hot mineral baths and/or revitalizing massage. 15 private bathing rooms where water bubbles up from the springs, is heated, and run into deep tubs for soaking as the mineral water purifies your body, a large wood sauna to complete the purifying process, and 3 massage tables to work out the kinks and ease your muscles. The bathhouse is surrounded by wide wooden decks overlooking the beautiful Parks Creek, where you may sunbathe and relax to the sounds of the rushing stream. Restaurant, Native American Sweat Lodge, Conferences and Retreats, lodging and camping available. 15 rooms, kitchen, cabins, teepee, rec. room. public showers. Resort is under pine trees next to Parks Creek. Mineral baths and large sauna. Native American Sweat Lodge.




Pet Stores

Noah’s Ark Feed Barn

Phone: 530-926-6562

Location: 925 Lassen Ln., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Pet Grooming, doggie daycare and boarding

Furpurrsons Pet Resort

Phone: 530-926-0480

Website: http://www.furpurrsons.com

Location: 5821 Truck Village, Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Pet boarding. Doggie day care. Grooming and spa. Boutique. Large exercise areas.

Your dog has to have ALL its vaccinations including bordatella, a week ahead

They offer a spa package for dogs that includes a blueberry vanilla edible facial, hydrotherapy massage, bath, shampoo, $18 to $90, small to large dog

Stacey Chiment, co-owner helped me with this blog post. She was a lot more helpful than the Chamber of Commerce.

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Pet friendly lodging

Finlandia Motel

Phone: 530-926-5596

Website: http://www.finlandiamotelandlodge.com

Location: 1612 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

The Family owned Finlandia Motel and Lodge offers spacious newly remodeled rooms, an authentic Finnish Sauna, hot spa, kitchenettes and view of the towering mountain. Now the family home is available for rental. Guests seeking accommodation with space for socializing, a fully equipped kitchen will delight in the three-bedroom, two-bath lodge. Larger groups can gather together around the living room fireplace and later retreat to 23 other deluxe or standard, pet friendly rooms. Price range $60-$250.

McCloud Hotel

Phone: 530-964-2822, 800-964-2823

Website: http://www.mccloudhotel.com/

Location: 408 Main Street, McCloud, California 96057-0730

Located only 5 miles from the Mount Shasta Ski Park and in the heart of historic McCloud , this boutique hotel has 16 rooms. All rooms have private baths, 4 rooms have 2 person Jacuzzi tubs. Rates range from $120 – $195 (for 2 persons) and include a full breakfast and a wine/appetizer hour from 4 – 5 PM daily. Dinner is served to both hotels guests and the public Thursday – Sunday evenings between 5:30 and 8 PM. Reservations are strongly suggested. Open year round. Pet friendly in the four first floor rooms (additional fee of $25 per pet).

Railroad Park Resort

Phone: 530-235-4440

Website: http://www.rrpark.com

Location: 100 Railroad Park Rd., Dunsmuir, California 96025


 Offers camping tent sites too.

Sleep in an authentic caboose and dine in antique rail cars beneath magnificent Castle Crags. Caboose motel open year round. The Dinner House/Lounge and RV campground are open spring through fall. Motel features pool, spa, and cabooses outfitted for your comfort. Many pet-friendly rooms. For reservations, info and photos visit our website at rrpark.com.  pets $15.00 per pet/per night.

Swiss Holiday Lodge

Phone: 530-926-3446

Website: http://www.swissholidaylodge.com

Location: 2400 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

21 rooms. Rates $55-$150 plus tax. Continental breakfast, phones. Pool, hot tub, pets OK, cable TV (HBO) and WiFi. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers in every room. Rooms with views of Mt. Shasta; offer a kitchenette unit. Enjoy continental breakfast and use of community kitchen. AAA approved.

Strawberry Valley Inn

Phone: 530-926-2052

Website: http://www.strawberryvalleyinn.com

Location: 1142 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Relax, Revive, and Retreat at the Strawberry Valley Inn. Set in a picturesque storybook setting of stone rock siding, beautiful trees and flowers, with a backdrop of Mt. Shasta. This cozy boutique hotel is conveniently located near the town center close to shopping, restaurants, and endless outdoor activities. Each room is uniquely decorated with amenities such as suites, luxurious down bedding, cable TV, and ipod docking stations. Continental breakfast is served each morning inside the lovely historic Inn. Both individual and side by side massages are available in the Inn or guests can book an In-room massage. Morning stretch yoga and evening meditation are available seasonally.  Pet fee $15 per night




Mt Shasta Inn

Pets are welcome in the first floor guestrooms but not in the Lobby or Dining Room. There is a nice field across the street from the Hotel which is perfect for exercising your dog and we can provide plastic bags to pick up the icky pooh stuff which may then be deposited in our dumpster near the rear parking lot. There is a one time charge of $25 for your pet to join you in the room.





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Save money on pet friendly travel

Gas prices may be soaring along with the temperatures but that does not mean that you have to spend a fortune on your summer vacation with Fido. Doing a little research, planning and strategizing ahead of time can save you both time and bucks without pinching too many pennies on safety and for pampering and missing out on all the fun.

Taking Fido with you means that you will start your vacation ahead of the curve by saving kennel and boarding fees ($30+ a night). Create a budget, bank the bucks and keep a reserve on hand just in case.

Book a reservation at a pet friendly venue during the week (Sunday through Thursday) that either does not charge a pet fee, one that charges a refundable fee or one that charges a small fee for the entire stay and for more than one pet, if you have more than one (rather than a daily charge). $10-30 for an entire stay is reasonable. $50 per pet per night is exorbitant. Avoid holidays and weekends when the prices soar. Take advantage of specials such as Very Important Pet Packages that include amenities and pampering activities such as massage, grooming, doggie menu items or spa time.

Booking with chains such as Red Roof Inn or LaQuinta that offer membership discounts, free WIFI and breakfast can also reduce costs. Or an all-inclusive resort may be the best way to go depending upon where you are traveling. Camping is another option for budget friendly outings.

Avoid expensive hotel fees for phone calls and WIFI by making calls on your cell phone, a prepaid cell phone and getting online at the library or other places that offer free WIFI.

Check out the best gas prices online using GasBuddy.com, http://www.gasnearu.com/ , http://www.gaspricewatch.com , http://www.motortrend.com or an app.

If you are a member of AAA, you can have one of their travel experts plan your trip. And you can obtain books with maps and information on your destination(s), including prices, that you can take with you.

Bring snacks, treats and water with you for humans and canines to munch on while traveling to cut down on stops at fast food places and road venues with higher prices. At each of the rest stops, you can easily feed the beasts and walk them.

Plan local dog activities that don’t bite into your budget such as swimming at the beach or lake, visiting dog parks, shopping at pet stores and malls that accept pets, tastings at pet friendly wineries, hiking trails and more. There may also be doggie special events, parades, and /or festivals that you can attend for free or low cost. You might splurge taking a class or two on surfing, agility or doggie yoga.


If you are renting a car, be sure that it is with a pet friendly car rental place such as Hertz, Avis, Advantage, Dollar, Budget and National. Avoid extra fees for fur by covering up the seats with blankets and sleeping bags and/or put pooch in a kennel. And same goes with the hotel. There is no reason to pay extra hairy fees if/when you are prepared with your own doggie towels, sheets and plastic to cover the furniture. Rinse and wipe muddy / sandy paws outside the room.

Having Fido’s favorite bones, toys and chews on hand will also save you from having to pay extra fees for boredom and/or destructive chewing in inappropriate places such as hotel furniture.

Bring Fido’s food with you so that there are no upset tummies to deal with and no extra costs. Even when you eat at pet friendly restaurants (patios), your dog can enjoy their regular meal. The hotel concierge, local visitor bureau and/or pet friendly travel blog (such as Have Dog Blog Will Travel) should be able to provide a list of possible venues where you and Fido can eat together.

Research local doggie daycare and/or pet sitters in case you want to visit amusement parks, castles and/or other local attractions that do not welcome dogs. A few hours without Fido can still be fun without breaking the budget.

If you are traveling with a bully breed or a dog that LOOKS like a pit bull (whatever that means or another banned  breed such as Rottweiler, German Shepherd or Corso), steer clear of places that have strict Breed Specific laws such as Denver and Miami. And be sure the hotel has no breed, weight or size restrictions.

Be prepared for emergencies. Know where the local vet is and the cost of an emergency visit. And pack a first aid kit that can take care of minor incidents and keep Fido pest free. Research local flora and fauna and keep away from the poison ivy, oak, snakes, ticks and other possible bugs that can spoil your vacation.

 You and Fido deserve to have a fun and memorable holiday away from home. Using the tips above, you will be able to relax and enjoy your time together.  


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Take your dog to work day

Got Dogs?

According to a 2012 survey by the American Pet Products Association, 62 percent of U.S. households own a pet. That means that millions of four-legged friends are sitting home bored each day with nothing to do but chew up your shoes and shred your custom curtains. However, you can do something about it — and least for one day: Take your dog to work with you!

what are the benefits of bringing your dog to work?

besides, no more worrying about what they are doing to destroy your home while they are left alone…

Dogs make great lap and foot warmers

Encourage talk around the water cooler

Assist with the mail and mail persons… Dogs especially like to open cardboard boxes

Search and Rescue old lost files

Increase productivity 

The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) found a way to enhance performance levels and promote office efficiency at work.  They found that when employees took their pets to work, it created a more productive work environment in 73 percent of the participating companies.

Small companies and Big companies like dogs at work

While only 17 percent of U.S. employers currently allow animals in the workplace, according to a survey from the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, pet-friendly, often specifically dog-friendly, environments are building steam. From major companies like GoogleZynga, and Amazon.com to growing start-ups (some featured in Inc.’s Winning Workplaces), more and more canine companions are showing up to work.


More benefits:

Stress Reduction

Man’s best friend may make a positive difference in the workplace by reducing stress and making the job more satisfying for other employees, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University study.



Dog antics make for fun interactions with co-workers and bosses… and make everyone laugh.

Save Money

You won’t have to pay a pet sitter or doggie daycare or replace items chewed up by said dog.

Boost Morale, Team Trust and Inspire Creativity 

Researchers from Central Michigan University first brought together 12 groups of four individuals and asked each group to come up with a 15-second advertisement for a fictitious product. Some of the groups had dogs around while they worked on this project and some didn’t. Afterward, they were asked how they felt about working with their teammates. Those from groups that had a dog ranked the others on their teams more highly on measures of trust, team cohesion and intimacy than did members in the groups who had no canine companionship while they worked.

The same investigators conducted another experiment with 13 groups in order to see how the presence of a dog affected team member behavior in the game “prisoner’s dilemma.” All four members of each group had been “charged” with a crime and each one of them had a choice of snitching on their teammates or not. This is a complicated game, but the upshot was interesting: members of teams that had a dog with them were 30 percent less likely to snitch on a team member, compared to the snitching habits of teams who didn’t include dogs in the workplace.


Dogs with Jobs 




Herding dogs herd sheep and other animals

Guide dogs for the blind and disabled people

Service dogs

Therapy dogs

Sled dogs

Police dogs

Military dogs

Ranger Lori Oberhofer and Python Pete (pictured) work together to track down and remove pythons from Everglades National Park in Florida. These pythons came to South Florida as pets and when people no longer want or cannot care for them, they are often released into the Everglades.

Due to their high intelligence, Labrador retrievers are often used as guide dogs for the blind, for search-and-rescue teams, or in narcotics detection with law enforcement, like this yellow Lab which helped Colombia’s police seize three tons of drugs.



Tips on successful visits

Plan for a safe, successful visit:

* Take only well-behaved pets who are comfortable and reliably safe around strangers. Leave pets who show aggressive tendencies towards people at home.

* Make sure your dog understands the basic commands, such as SIT, STAY and DOWN.

* Take only pups or dogs who have been socialized to people and other animals.


are you taking your dog to work this week?  Friday, June 22 is Dog Day… but many people are taking their pets to work all week…

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Jack be Nimble

Jack be nimble; Jack be quick; Jack jump over the candlestick and through the hoops or rather Cici be nimble; Cici be quick; Cici jump through the hoops…


doggie yoga

the problem with the article below and it is the only one I could find is that it does not have visuals and I’ve recently realized that I need to SEE not just go by a bunch of words… people learn different ways…  and even though I used to do yoga myself, there are some poses mentioned that I am NOT familiar with… so don’t assume that your audience can understand your words… sometimes, especially when it comes to exercise poses, your audience needs to see visuals.


now if you are a handy dandy type of person and want your dog to do agility, perhaps you could build an agility course for your dog rather than buy one or go to a dog gym…

one I saw was much too complicated for me…

this was a good suggestion…

try substituting a children’s play tunnel from your local toy store. Don’t forget to anchor it down; you can use bungee cords or sandbags to hold your tunnel in place. Or a brick we have back there perhaps?

Cici loves her NEW shiny red tunnel, I got it on Amazon because I could NOT find it in the stores around here… at first, she tried to bite it, to play tug of war with it… but then I started throwing treats inside it and within five minutes, she was going inside the tunnel to get them. She did NOT want to stop the game. Hey, treats, cookies, yum, MORE, MORE… she did not like going through all the way at the beginning, but she did go through the whole way a few times, she will get used to it…

My roommate took Cici for a very long walk last weekend and the weekend before. After the first walk, the next day her leg was swollen and she was limping and hopping in the morning, worrying me. But it went away by midday, thankfully. I realized that she had not had much exercise for the past year and just was not used to it. And last weekend, I figured she needs to get used to exercise again. This time, there was no limping/hopping aftermath. I do think that you should proceed with caution and not over-exercise your dog. There is a tendency to go from famine to feast and overdo. Am thinking, like with anything else, slow and steady wins the race. Start off with a 5 minute session every day for a week; then increase to 10 minutes; then 15 and 20 and so on.  That is how I got myself off the couch when I was out of commission with fibromyalgia. And that is how I will also proceed with Cici and my arthritis.


we got a spare tire to do a tire jump, hmmm.. and I also got a hula hoop… to have her jump through… oh we’re gonna have a lot of fun doing this and my Cici will be getting some very necessary exercise again !




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interview with Mary Puppins…

1) tell me a little about you and your dogs and how you got started Mary Puppins Pet Sitting and dog blog…

was strolling through the park one day in the merry month of May, no seriously, I have always loved animals. Worked at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (when it was a sanctuary not a society), Animal Foundation and other animal rescue organizations years ago when I had cats. Was sitting around one day brainstorming with my dog and she thought it would be great for me to pet sit and dog walk, earn money and she would be able to meet other dogs to play with. Writing a dog blog is also a fun labor of love. When you love animals, it is easy to write about the animals. Having a dog provides much fodder / grist for the mill. Every day things that happen become fun, interesting, educational and entertaining blog posts.

2) When did you start your blog, and what inspired you to get into blogging?

Started the blog in October 2007. Being cooped up with my dog and wanting to write about traveling with her was the initial inspiration. Plus, everyone kept telling me ‘you’re a writer, write a blog’ so I did and now lookie what we’ve got going on here!

3) What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

Meeting other bloggers, innkeepers, dogs and animals. Plus writing about our travel adventures ain’t too shabby either. And traveling to fun places, staying at wonderful inns is the icing on the cake.

4) Have you noticed a shift in attitudes towards bloggers, dogs, dog travel ?

People always ask me what is a blog whenever I tell them I have a dog blog. I thought everyone knew. It is an opportunity to educate folks about the Internet. People are techie in some ways, everyone has email (almost). Every day, new hotels and motels and inns and lodges, B&B’s are opening their doors to the dogs. They start realizing that a lot of people (millions of Americans and people worldwide) want to travel with their pets. And the manager/innkeepers realize, hey, am missing out on a lot of business. So they join the bandwagon… Jump on board ! And find out that the dogs are fun and not as much trouble as they might have thought. Most worried about people with allergies, kids and liabilities, which are understandable concerns. But find out through experience that dogs are a blessing and an addition. People love our fur babies ! And there are a lot of dog lovers out there who want to travel with their pets! So catering to the pet loving community can be a great source of REVENUE (ie, CASH), especially in this economy.

5) What are some of your favorite blogs ?

MinaandCeleste, Olga the traveling bra are so fun… K9 Chronicles, Mollitudes, and How to Raise a Green Dog.

6) If there was one tip that you would recommend that pet owners and/or pet business owners or pet bloggers follow, what would it be and why?

Animals are animals not furry humans. I do not really like most dog blogs where the human speaks for the dog or cat. Too cutesy for me. On occasion, some do it very well and it works. But the language is awkward. Let dogs be canines, bunnies be rabbits and cats be felines and humans be humans. Each specie is different and lovable in its own unique way.

7) You have different types of content on your site. What articles generally receive the best traffic/ reception?

People love to read about celebrities and their dogs, watch fun videos and check out silly photos as well as read about hot topics that every dog owner is concerned about (training, pet food, health care and playing with other dogs).

8. How do you cope with juggling all of the various balls you’ve got going in the air?

Cici juggles the balls while I watch her play catch on the beach… 🙂 She recently received a lovely new chewy ball… it’s like one of those braided toys only it is fluffy and a ball… she can chew and catch all at one time… which keeps her occupied which makes me happy.

9. As a dog lover, do you have a favorite product or service that EVERY dog owner MUST get for their pet (besides yours)?

That chewy fluffy dog ball toy… will have to find out the name of it and/or where to get it… (I think from the grocery store Ralph’s)…

10. Have you noticed any trends in the pet blogging/pet business recently related to the economy? In other words, are innkeepers more open to pets (or less), are pet owners still buying products (or not)?

I think that people are downsizing their shopping but not for their beloved furry friends. Dogs and cats gotta eat and play. And us humans are suckers for those cute, adorable, sweet eyes and faces. People constantly take photos of Cici when we are at a mall or wherever, and they just love to rub her belly and ears. Dogs and cats are warm loving creatures who we can learn a lot from and do on a daily basis when we are pet owners. Share the wealth ! Rent out your dog or cat to non-pet owners ! Am only kidding, but I did see an ad recently in the yellow pages, where you can rent a dog by the day, hour, week or month. Gimme a break, folks !

If you are in central California Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside, California), visit Mary Puppins Pet Sitting and we will come to your house and play with your dogs and/or sit with your kitty cats !



just a spoonful of play makes dogs happy !

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