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No ifs ands or goat butts

I made a new friend today… a goat.  Well, a few friends but one in particular seemed to enjoy my company.

My new goat friend ate some bread out of my hand and proceeded to sit underneath my chair. Horns and all. The chickens joined in the party for the bread and pecked it off the ground.

Cici and I stayed on the property of “Manifest” aka Shaun in Joshua Tree. He has 37 goats (and two dozen chickens on his land plus a rabbit or two, a scorpion, squirrels and some bats (who eat mosquitoes).

Cici thinks that the goats are fun to chase, except when they let her know when she is out of bounds. She does not seem as interested in the chickens and roosters. Maybe she thinks she is a goat without any horns? She wants to play and is learning how to play nice.

There are also UFO sightings in the area at Great Rock and Integratron in Landers and other places near the Joshua Tree National Park. Looks like we may have caught something on camera. What do you think ?

 

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Manifest’s story with goats begins with his wanting to get an awesome Australian Shepherd as a pet dog, doesn’t everybody? Instead a goat named Dada Aye followed him around and has become his mascot. Dada is 5 years old, half-Nigerian dwarf, half-pigmy and four years later, she gave birth to a daughter named Shou Aye. He has trained these two to be his service pets. And they go with him practically everywhere he goes to swap meets and other places.

He also has a dozen males and three of each breed, Nigerian, Nubian and Pygmy, that he is hoping to breed with females to get a Griffin. The little baby goats are adorable.

 

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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Manifest spent much time rock climbing in Joshua Tree from the time he was 17 to twenty-five. He also was a captain of a sport fishing boat in the waters off San Diego.

He thinks goats are special animals and here’s why.

“What I love about goats is that they are the closest animals to nature and source. They are the elves of the forest. They cultivate plants, grass and trees. They bring vibrancy to the land. Goats are simple like a four wheel dog. Their bodies are durable, endure weather better than dogs, like micro-camelettes,” he explained.

He has about two dozen chickens and roosters, Golden Phoenix, American and Cochin.

 

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Manifest has a dream of creating Eco pets, animals that clean your garden and neighborhood, provide superfood (milk), without hormones, no pesticides, and no preservatives), pets that give back and have a job to do.

He has been learning a lot from his goats. “Goats live a simple life. They enjoy their days. Watching the world go by. Chewing their food. They go to sleep and wake up the next day and do the same thing all over again. People, meanwhile, live to work and work hard and have no time in their lives to enjoy life. Everyone’s working too many hours to keep up the Joneses and just to get by and we cannot even afford to live anymore. We don’t respect and honor products that are made well to last. Instead, we buy items that last a month rather than years. Everything is temporary not permanent. Throw away junk.”

Goats have a different perspective on life than humans do.

“Goats interact with nature every day and enjoy trees. They preserve and protect and grow life. They use trees to mark their territory, sharpen their horns, to convene together, come back together as a community. They have their favorite trees and do well eating Mesquite, Palo Verde and non-fruited Mulberries. Will eat creosote and non-native grasses in a pinch. They limit growth and keep the grass short. They give something back.

“The way they communicate with one another is through their actions and activities. Food makes goats happy. They respond to whistles and commands. And interact with one another through rubbing the nape of the neck, stomping of hooves, mane and tails, and howling and other noises. During mating season, late August through early October, the males are especially loud with snorts and hollering, stomping their feet, pawing the ground, and showing off to the females their level of vibrancy. This is very equestrian in nature.

“I think the Tasmanian devil was based upon a goat, emulating a goat. They get wound up and it can require a good amount of patience and persistence to train them. It did not take me as long as I thought it would to make my goats great pets. Goats want to be friendly and sociable with humans. Most humans have not taken the time to get to know them as pets. They throw them in a pen but the goats don’t want to be left alone. They are smart and want to communicate with us,” he concluded.

a new paper published in Frontiers in Zoology, (says that) goats have fewer commonalities with their dull farm counterparts and belong instead on the ungulate honor roll. These furry, hoofed eating machines appear more sheep- or mini-cow-like in their demeanor, but their IQs likely put even the most astute steer to shame, the researchers—real men and women who stare at goats—found.

“The researchers, who hail from Queen Mary University of London and the Institute of Agricultural Science in Switzerland, long suspected that goats might be more intelligent than they seem. For example, goats live in complex social groups; they are experts at getting at hard-to-reach foods (goats in the Morocco, for example, are known for climbing trees in search of tasty sprigs); they live a long time, meaning they are better able to build up a repertoire of memories and skills than some short-lived animals; and despite the misconception that goats eat garbage, they are surprisingly picky eaters, able to adeptly pick leaves off of thorn bushes or seek out just the right sprig of grass.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/never-underestimate-goat-not-stupid-looks-180950265/#hmHtswFS1PjKEHOI.99

Did you know that the origins of the saying “getting your goat” references “an old English (Welsh?) belief that keeping a goat in the barn would have a calming effect on the cows, hence producing more milk. When one wanted to antagonize/terrorize one’s enemy, you would abscond with their goat rendering their milk cows less- to non-productive.”

So goats were known as the great calmers of nature and were kept in stables to calm down thoroughbred horses.

 

Goat Therapy = Goat Yoga

Were goats the original horse whisperers and/or cow whisperers?  And how about pairing humans with goats during Goat Yoga?

“You know, I’m in this horrible state but they’re making me laugh—that’s the therapy part, goats just being goats,” she says. “It was just so hard to be depressed and sad when—even when I was in pain I would forget about it because of them. They use horses a lot for therapy, and dogs, but nobody uses goats and I just wonder why. They’re hilarious animals!”

http://www.alternet.org/culture/heres-real-story-behind-internet-famous-goat-yoga

My new goat friend thinks goats are fun and  perfect for doing yoga with, for therapy purposes as well as calming people and other animals down.  He has his work cut out for him with Shaun, who has a rotten temper, is a bully, has a bad reputation with his neighbors and thinks he knows everything. Oh well…

 

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The goat is not sure about interacting with my computer and becoming famous on the Internet. No ifs ands or goat butts …

 

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Doggies wanted 4 Free Treats

UPDATE: We have a winner… Cici picked Susan Christy and her dogs Foxy and Lucy. Thank you ALL for participating in the contest.

YUMMY!

Your dog is invited to try free samples of Milo’s Kitchen® treats so you can figure out which varieties will have your four-legged friend begging for more.

AND one lucky winner will receive a gift pack. The gift pack will include three varieties of Milo’s Kitchen® dog treats, and a $25 VISA gift card . All you have to do is write a comment (below) telling us how much your pooch LOVES treats and what is their favorite taste sensation (peanut butter, chicken, beef, turkey, lamb etc).

·         There’s no such thing as too many pictures of dogs. Receive family portrait photos straight from the Milo’s Kitchen photo booth or take your own selfies. Don’t forget to show off your dog’s look on Facebook, or via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #MKTreatTruck.

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Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck:

·         The Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck will be coming to your area so plan a special date with your dog :

o   July 3rd – Los Angeles, CA, Airport Dog Park

o   July 5th – Los Angeles, CA, Redondo Beach Dog Park

o   July 6th – Los Angeles, CA, Huntington Beach Dog Park

o   July 10th – San Diego, CA, Balboa Dog Park

o   July 11th– San Diego, CA, Ocean Beach Dog Park

o   July 12th – San Diego, CA, 6th Annual Doggie Street Festival, Liberty Station / NTC Park

*Dog parks are subject to change due to weather and foot traffic

Milo’s Kitchen® Treats:

·         are made in the U.S.A. with real chicken or beef as the #1 ingredient, and no artificial flavors and colors.

·         Milo’s Kitchen® Home-style Dog Treats believes dogs deserve treats made with the same quality of ingredients and care that you want for your food.

·         Each recipe is carefully prepared to bring out all the flavors your dog loves. Milo’s Kitchen makes a unique line of mouthwatering varieties for your dog including: Chicken Meatballs, Beef Sausage Slices with Rice, Steak Grillers Recipe, Chicken Grillers Recipe, Grilled Burger Bites, and Chicken Jerky Recipe.

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For more info:

 

·         Milo’s Kitchen website: http://bit.ly/1wW01FG

·         Milo’s Kitchen Treat Truck: http://bit.ly/1jN7Of0

·         Milo’s Kitchen Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1nIvxoF

The Milo’s Kitchen® dog treats, gift cards, and information have been provided by Milo’s Kitchen®.

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Weekend plans with Fido

 

Looking for Memorial weekend plans to have fun with Fido, check out our blog posts about these cities in and near LA:

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The best way to see the Hollywood Sign is to drive up Beachwood Drive (north of Hollywood Boulevard). To reach Beachwood Drive from Hollywood & Vine, take Hollywood Boulevard east (a quarter mile), to Gower Street. Turn left (north) up Gower (three blocks, under the freeway) to Franklin Avenue. Turn right (east) on Franklin, then immediately turn left (north) up Beachwood Drive, into the hills. It’s a long, twisting drive. To reach Beachwood Drive from the Hollywood (101) Freeway, take the Gower Street exit, then turn right (north) up Beachwood Drive.  The Sign is clearly visible most the way up Beachwood, although the hills begin to obscure the view of the Sign near the top of the drive.  (But be warned that the local residents are up in arms about the traffic generated by tourists trying to see the sign.)

Brentwood: Luxe Hotel

Koreatown: An Iconic LA Hotel

Includes links ot the cities below and more (Carmel, Napa, Monterey, Mendocino, etc.)

https://celiasue.com/free-guide-to-pet-friendly-cities/

Huntington Beach

Newport Beach

Big Bear

Idyllwild

Lake Arrowhead

Palm Springs

San Diego

29 Palms

 

 

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Iconic LA hotel

Guest blog post by Leslie Nestor Miranda. Cici and I met Leslie and his lovely dog Lilly last year when we went on a press trip to San Luis Obispbo. Leslie is an outstanding photographer of the traveling kind. And he has worked for Wall Street Journal Online, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor Magazine and many others.  (Note: all of the photos below by Leslie Nestor Miranda). 


“I’ve been designed to capture time and moments with a camera.  I foresee the outcome to better understand and appreciate the present.”

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Many moons ago, I (CS), lived right on Normandie (around Normandie and 3rd). The neighborhood has changed a lot but I still remember the sign of this historic hotel. I wanted to live near my job for the City of Los Angeles (downtown) and the apartment I lived in there fit the bill. It was spacious, relatively inexpensive and located within minutes of downtown.

An Icon in Los Angeles

The historic beacon of the Wilshire Center/Koreatown neighborhood, the pet friendly Hotel Normandie, has been in continuous operation since 1926. It now has entered a multi-million dollar restoration period that will bring the 20th century landmark well into the 21st century.

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General Manager Luke Knowles loves to discuss the history of the hotel.  This brick building has established itself as an icon in Los Angeles. It is located on Normandie and 6th Street and designed and built by famed architects Walker and Eisen, who also designed such architectural treasures as the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills and the Fine Arts Building in downtown Los Angeles.

The boutique hotel has seen over eight decades of personalities such as English author Malcolm Lowry, one of the hotels most famous residents, who worked on his masterpiece novel “Under the Volcano” while living there in the late 1930’s.

New owner Jingbo Lou, a Pasadena architect and preservationist, and his partner Niall Kelly are restoring the 100-room Renaissance Revival exterior and its Spanish Revival interior, to its rightful glory.

They uncovered a grand fireplace that was covered for years but now  xxx  as you enter the lobby.  The terrazzo floor in the lobby and the hardwood floors in the guest rooms have also been restored.

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While L.A. has the nation’s largest Korean population and Koreans make up the largest nationality in the neighborhood (22%,according to demographic analysis) most of the residents of Koreatown are Latino: 58%. But you can also find Bangladeshi, Brazilian, Vietnamese, Pakistani and South American residents, businesses and eateries in the area.  Koreatown is west of downtown and south of Hollywood and is considered part of the Mid-Wilshire district.

The neighborhood is mostly residential after Wilshire and 6th Street. There are lots of Korean BBQ restaurants, coffee shops on Wilshire, Asian markets on 6th Street and local Korean bars and karaoke.

This pet friendly hotel offers amenities for pets such as doggie beds, treats, and bowls.

Pets are not allowed in the breakfast or lounge area with the exception of certified service animals, there is a $50 non-refundable pet charge per stay (unless you change rooms).   All pets must be kept on a leash at all times when in common or public areas.

In July, the historic Cassell’s Hamburgers featuring Prime Beef burgers will be reopening in the building’s 6th Street corner.

Visit the website at http://www.hotelnormandiela.com  for special discounts and an option to purchase an Advanced Purchase sale.

Pet friendly dining in the area now includes:

Beer Belly: you can relax in front of the craft beer bar with your dog, leash in one hand, nice craft brew in the other. And while your pup probably won’t be too interested in your pint, best keep an eye on those duck fat fries. 532 S. Western Ave., L.A.; (213) 387-2337.

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Chapman Plaza

3465 W 6th St, Ste 110 Los Angeles, CA 90020 Koreatown, Wilshire Center  (213) 387-4905

Wiches On Wilshire

3800 Wilshire Boulevard #110b, Los Angeles, CA 90010.  (213) 389-3656

Seoul Sausage

Winners of The Great Food Truck Race season 3, 

11313 Mississippi Ave. , Los Angeles, CA 90025

http://www.seoulsausage.com/

Haus is a popular Korean Cafe located on 6th and Serrano.  Pros: Free wifi, big food menu, great service, dog friendly.  3826 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020, (213) 388-5311

Dog parks, there are none in Koreatown

but Beverly Hills does not have one either (they are in the process of having one though)

the city’s very first dog romping zone on a city-owned lot at the southeast corner of Foothill Road and Alden Drive

Some places that have parks and/or dog parks that you probably want to visit anyway include:

Silver Lake Dog Park

323.644.3946 

The recreation center is located on Silver Lake Dr, while the dog park is located on Silver Lake Blvd. near the center and southern tip of the resevoir.

GRIFFITH PARK DOG PARK

Located at north end of the John Ferraro Soccer Field on North Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027   Off-leash dog park.

 (323) 913-4688

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits:

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(213) 763-3499

there is a park but not specifically a dog park

a nice place to hang out with your dog on a Saturday morning to have a picnic or maybe just a good romp in the grass, The La Brea Tar Pits are adjacent to the LACMA in Mid-Wilshire and its a big park. You can walk your dog through the park, play fetch or people watch.

Hancock Park

 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

 (323) 934-7243

 

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Pet friendly Oyster

The world is your oyster… Oyster.com claims that they know the best hotels and the difference between what the hotel websites say and look like and what the real deal is when you get there in person.  This is important because when you register for a venue sight unseen you want to know that you are going to get to the location destination and not get a crappy hotel for a big price. And hotel websites often feature their amenities in the best light, even photoshopping photos and making their hotel look better than they do in person, up close and personal. Oyster has other categories besides best pet friendly hotels… luxury, romantic, kid friendly, best value and best period.  They show photos and prices and provide info about policies and amenities.

Unlike here at our blog, they only seem to have covered BIG CITIES… there are no listings for Mendocino, Carmel, Monterey nor Palm Springs, for example. GIven that Mendocino and Carmel are both known as THE PET FRIENDLIEST cities in the USA, besides a few other cities, Portland and Seattle, come to mind, this seems strange. But also they do NOT list Best Pet friendly hotels for San Diego, nor Silicon Valley (San Jose area) either. And they also do not list best pet friendly hotels for Chicago, and big cities in Florida (Orlando, Fort Lauderdale), not to mention other states like Texas, Georgia, and the rest of the USA. And they do NOT list B&B’s. And they also do not list pet friendly dining, dog parks and other dog friendly activities in the area like we do here.

 

oh by the way, just created a new Facebook page for Polka Dot Princess travels, please like and share far and wide, thanks…

 

our new FB page at https://www.facebook.com/CeliaSueInk 

 

Well, apparently, on their blog, they have more info on pet friendly hotels and places…such as this photo and info about one hotel in Carmel….

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It’s just not a “home away from home” unless we have our four-legged friends by our side. But luckily for us, the staff at the Tradewinds Carmel in Monterey County is about as pet-friendly as they come. In fact, Furball and Foofers consider the boutique more of a human-friendly spot where they can bring their owners along if they so choose. At check-in, you’ll have to make sure the front-desk puts room keys into the right paws!

Below are links to the pet friendly destinations that they do list:

Los Angeles

http://www.oyster.com/los-angeles/hotels/roundups/best-pet-friendly-hotels-in-los-angeles/

San Francisco

http://www.oyster.com/san-francisco/hotels/roundups/best-pet-friendly-hotels-in-san-francisco/

Las Vegas

http://www.oyster.com/las-vegas/hotels/roundups/best-pet-friendly-hotels-in-las-vegas/?newsletter=1

New York

http://www.oyster.com/new-york-city/hotels/roundups/pet-friendly-hotels/

Miami

http://www.oyster.com/miami/hotels/roundups/pet-friendly/

Boston

http://www.oyster.com/boston/hotels/roundups/best-pet-friendly-hotels-in-boston/

Oyster Half Dozen for Pet Lovers

http://blog.oyster.com/oyster-half-dozen-hotels-for-pet-lovers-video-26332/

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I hear 99% of Americans protesting…

I realize that this is not what I usually write about but it is so important that I feel compelled to discuss it. At first, the media was blacking out coverage, now there is some coverage, mostly trying to dismiss the worldwide nonviolent protests happening all around the world, people protesting for Freedom and economic justice, JOBS, universal health care, homes and more… And as the powers that be deride, ridicule and try to play down the protests, the protests are getting bigger and spreading all over the nation and Canada.

the whole world is watching…

Update:  https://celiasue.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/update-occupation-goes-global/

There were about 20,000 Americans protesting on Wall Street this week, and for the past three weeks… and around the country… demanding that giant banks pay their fair share of taxes, end the foreclosure crisis, and create jobs. We are the 99% of Americans who have been forced to bear the brunt of the recession, financial insecurity. The 1% elite who have bought politicians and those responsible for the financial recession, none of the criminals have gone to jail but hundreds of non-violent protesters have been arrested… the GOP even contributed millions to the NYPD as incentive to bust up the protesters on Wall Street, are changing laws to fit their agenda all in an effort to beat Obama in the next election and more, so much more.

 

Regular every day middle class Americans ARE FED UP of being forced OUT into the streets, without food, without homes, without jobs, without pensions and benefits and without health care and the American Dream.

these are the real working class people (the middle class) who are protesting, not hippies and homeless people as the media says…

faces of the protesters:

The Wall Street Protesters Are Now In 15 Major Cities Across The Country http://read.bi/ox4GCG

protesters are single dads and single moms, nurses, veterans, librarians, teachers, engineers, doctors, veterans and regular every day working people, union members, seniors, disabled, people all over America, middle class people, even a corporate lawyer … Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers, Independents, they are ALL represented, this is NOT about race, ethnicity nor party politics… it is about people’s needs vs corporate greed. 

“We Are the 99%.” “The reason I’m here now is to speak for the other 99 percent of this country that has been denied a seat at the negotiating table,” protester Henry James Ferry told TIME early in the movement’s second week. “I don’t hate capitalism; I don’t hate rich people. I think you should come down to Wall Street and make as much money as you want. And when you do, you should pay a fair tax rate back to the city and the country that gave you the opportunity.”

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/10/03/occupy-wall-street-protest-message-becomes-clearer-as-movement-spreads/#ixzz1aDD7JXN4

http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass

I Hear America Singing.

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe
and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off
work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deck-
hand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing
as he stands,
The woodcutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morn-
ing, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work,
or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young
fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

I hear 99% of Americans protesting… by CeliaSue Hecht

i hear 99% of America protesting, the Wall Street elite who fear monger and steal elections and dreams

Those single moms, teachers, union members, seniors and twentysomethings,

each one protesting the unjust, unfair and economic uncertainty they’ve been forced to bear

The college graduate with a 3.87 GPA and $65,000 in student loan debt who makes $180 a week.

The art teacher with a spinal injury who lost his job of 24 years, is about to lose his home, cannot work nor collect disability or unemployment worrying about his family.

The unemployed woman laid off after 20 years who wants to donate a kidney to save a friend’s life who may not be able to because of high cost she is forced to pay.

The child of a mother with no job, no home, no healthcare who committed suicide in 2010.

A former student who now has to dumpster dive in order to eat.

The 45 million Americans who are eating due to food stamps and the shrinking middle class.

Each one protesting what belonged to him or her and now is gone.

The way America used to be, the former greatness of the USA now fading into oblivion.

Protesting with open mouths, signs, and strong determination, to revive the American dream, end the wars, and bring FREEDOM and LIBERTY for ALL back to America.

what do the protesters want?  justice…

http://www.nationofchange.org/what-do-they-want-justice-1317999776

do you seriously want your dog to have to beg in the streets for food because you can no longer take care of them????  Get Empowered… Join the Protests !!!

if you have a Bank of America account and do not want to pay the new $5 a month fee, change banks before November 5, open an account at a local credit union,

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/10/bank_transfer_day_occupy_wall_street.php

Whose Side Are You On: The Moral Clarity of #OccupyWallStreet #Occupy

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Whose-Side-Are-You-On-The-by-Robert-Borosage-111008-92.html

Dear Wall Street

http://www.truth-out.org/open-letter-wall-street/1317680703

15 core issues our country must face

http://october2011.org/issues

http://www.truth-out.org/pro-hunger-lobby-gop-frontrunners-fight-aid-starving-americans/1317148242

$30 a week is not exactly eating caviar

Join the ongoing Virtual March on Wall Street and bring your dog/cat/pets… LOL… We have the POWER… 

http://www.civic.moveon.org/joinvirtualwallstreet/

Occupy Wall Street protests are coming to a city near you… Boston, LA, SF and more… Canada, too…

http://www.occupytogether.org/

OccupyTogether.com

Berkeley, CA; Protesters target Bank of America | Long Beach, CA | Los Angeles, CA; Day 3 | Napa, CA | Sacramento, CA | San Diego, CA | Santa Barbara, CA; “People have nothing left to lose except their chains.” | Santa Cruz, CA | Colorado Springs, CO; Day 2 | Denver, CO (VIDEO); Hundreds march | Hartford, CT | Washington, D.C.; “We’re fed up …” (VIDEO / DISPATCH) | Fort Lauderdale, FL | Lake Worth, FL | Miami, FL |Orlando, FL | Tallahassee, FL | Tampa, FL | Hilo, HI | Mason City, IA | Boise, ID |Chicago, IL; Day 11 (VIDEO | VIDEO) | Normal, IL | Indianapolis, IN (VIDEO) | Wichita, KS | Lexington, KY | Louisville, KY (VIDEO) | New Orleans, LA | Boston, MA; Food tent up and running | Baltimore, MD (VIDEO) | Portland, ME; Protesters set up tents in Lincoln Park (VIDEO) | Detroit, MI | Minneapolis, MN (VIDEO) | Columbia, MO | Kansas City, MO | St. Louis, MO | Missoula, MT | Asheville, NC; Built to last | Raleigh, NC |Jersey City, NJ; Protesters target Goldman Sachs | Trenton, NJ | Albuquerque, NM; Hundreds march without permit, no arrests (VIDEO / VIDEO) | Las Vegas, NV (VIDEO)Albany, NY; Protest takes root | Buffalo, NY | Latham, NY (VIDEO) | Rochester, NY(VIDEO) | Syracuse, NY (VIDEO) | Cincinnati, OH (VIDEO) | Dayton, OH | Eugene, ORPortland, OR | Salem, OR | Allentown, PA | Philadelphia, PA | Pittsburgh, PA |Memphis, TN (VIDEO) | Nashville, TN | Austin, TX | McAllen, TX | Victoria, TX; “It’s going to grow bigger.” | Salt Lake City, UT; “We will make this a permanent demonstration …” | Richmond, VA; “A lot of Americans are fed up …” | Burlington, VT; Over 100 gather | Seattle, WA; Mayor orders removal of tents | Spokane, WA; Day 5 |Tacoma, WA

“I love it!” – Yoko Ono

WE ARE TOO BIG TO FAIL… WE ARE THE 99%

it is time for the Blog Hop, thanks to Life with Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers, and Confessions of the Plume, grab the code here…

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ojai pet friendly

There are  three properties in town in Ojai that are pet friendly. Ojai is widely known for being an active art community, spa retreat and spiritual sanctuary.  Located an easy 90 minute drive north of Los Angeles or a 45 minute drive south-west of Santa Barbara.  Ojai hosts many special events throughout the year, from wine tasting festivals, lavendar, poetry, storytelling festivals and Ojai studio artist tours to music festivals and world-class athletic events. From hiking and camping in the Sespe Wilderness area to boating on Lake Casitas, nature recreation is very much a part of the Ojai Valley.  With its many parks, hiking and biking trails and exquisite natural surroundings, there are many places for you and your dog to explore.

The Lavender Inn — they give doggie beds, treats, welcome package. There is a $35 cleaning fee for guest dogs who can stay in the Topa Room or the Provence Cottage with a private yard. The Lavender Inn is also home to the Ojai Culinary School, which offers hands-on cooking classes hosted by visiting and local chefs. Just outside the front garden is a new, convenient Spa at the Lavender Inn. Gourmet breakfasts are served buffet style in the Dining Room with seating inside, on the Veranda, or privately under the arbor. Fresh orange juice, seasonal fruit, freshly baked items, locally roasted coffee, granola, yogurt, and a frittata or other hot entree are served daily. Herbs and vegetables are picked daily from the organic herb garden.  For more information, visit the website and/or contact Innkeeper@LavenderInn.com Lavender Inn TelephoneP: (805) 646-6635.

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Our pets are part of our family.  Going away for a day or two can add stress to your life and your little furry friend.  No need to worry about them while you are away. Take a day (or two) trip to the Lavender Inn for much needed R & R and truly relax while you have your pride and joy right by your side. Bring your dog, your cat, or even your bird. Not only will they soak up the sun along with you, but will soak up the love and attention from the wonderful staff and guests.

Ojai Valley Inn & Spa

doggie room service is strictly five diamond and includes: a gourmet pet menu; your name on the outside of the room; plenty of dog friendly areas to be walked and exercised; and a special turn down service every evening.  $100 per check in. Please let them know when you book your room as an additional fee will apply. Toll Free Reservations 1.888.697.8780

http://www.ojairesort.com/pet_friendly.html

http://www.ojairesort.com/our_community.php

http://www.ojairesort.com/community-wineries.php

Blue Iguana Inn

Dog friendly (upon approval).

  • Complimentary continental breakfast served daily.
  • Complimentary wireless DSL service.

(805) 646-5277
Email: innkeeper@blueiguanainn.com

Pet Friendly Restaurants

Antonio’s Breakfast Cafe

Deer Lodge Tavern

Full of Beans

Jim & Rob’s Fresh Grill

Rainbow Bridge Natural Foods Cafe

Parks and Trails

Lake Casitas Recreational area allows dogs

Ojai Valley Trail is a great place to walk them on a leash

Cozy Dell Trail is another popular one for dogs

Libbey Park in the center of town, is a great place for people to take their dogs — it’s not a dog park, but a place to go

Soule Dog Park:  Although dogs are not allowed in Soule Park proper, they are now allowed in the newly opened 2008 off leash dog area. There are sections for large and small dogs (under 20 pounds), waste disposal stations, and benches in the shade. General admission is $2 weekdays, $4 weekends, and annual passes are $55 ($25 for seniors).

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