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Best Friends Redux

in town, Kanab, Utah, there are some new chain hotels that are pet friendly such as Comfort suites, Holiday inn, and Hampton inn with pet fees of $10 or twenty per pet per night and also a few others that are not chains such as Parry lodge, which also has a coffee shop. if you are visiting Best friends, it is easier to get around by staying right in kanab. there are other properties that are twenty or thirty miles away. these are pet friendly but then you have to drive forty to sixty miles a day, if you are volunteering.

 

The prices from April until September, high season, are higher than at other times of the year. The weather in the summer can be very humid and hot. Cici and I visited during mid-March and it is already in the 80’s, the prices are not so high and there are not as many tourists, although as we drove through Zion, it was pretty filled up and crowded with hikers.

 

Please call the Best Friends Welcome Center at 435-644-2001, ext. 4537 or email them at welcomecenter@bestfriends.org  and ask to be scheduled on a tour.

Tour times are:
8:30 a.m.10 a.m.,  1 p.m.  or  2:30 p.m.

 

I asked about the rest of the Vicktory Dogs who are still there. The Welcome Center does include info about them during the tour.

This is what I was told.
“One of them is court-ordered to stay here for life and the other three  have special circumstances that make it likely that they will live out their lives here which is just fine with their caregivers who love them. The Vicktory Dogs who are still here are not comfortable with strangers so actually meeting the dogs isn’t possible. Mya and Curly are extremely shy. Next January will be the 10th anniversary of their arrival here. So time is marching on. Out of the 22 who came to Best Friends, we are happy that 13 of them were able to be adopted.”

 

 

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http://bestfriends.org/donate/sponsor-an-animal/curly

 

http://bestfriends.org/stories-blog-videos/latest-news/vicktory-dogs-nine-years-later

 

I also visited the little store that BFAS has in town because they had a sign that said cat cuddling. i WAS game.  there were only two cats in there but one of them reminded me of my baby boy Abundance, a black cat with some white on his chest and paws. Had not expected that. Touched my heart.

 

Also got to spend some time chatting with Kevin Johnson, now retired, who used to work at BFAS, his wife still does. They adopted Ray one of the V-dogs, who passed a couple of years ago. Now they have three other pit bulls, Bosco, Bubba and Turtle and numerous parrots and a cat. Each have their own challenges. We shared pit bull stories and specific instances of dogs and love and opportunities of being a guardian of the furry creatures. Of course, Cici slobbered all over Kevin’s legs and showed off her belly.

 

 

 

 

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Should homeless people have dogs?

Today, we will be discussing this topic not presented here before. A little break from our usual kibble because it is important on a personal level as well as impacts EVERY ONE OF US here in America. And many of us who have dogs.

Somewhere on Facebook, someone asked the question should homeless people have dogs? I was outraged. How in the world is it that people seek to take away every tiny bit left of what a person WHO HAS LOST EVERYTHING HAS???  Yet, this is the attitude all over America.

Homeless people deserve nothing, no dogs, no pets, no homes, no help, no nothing. Because they are lazy, crazy, moochers who do not want a job or a home and besides, it is their own fault. There is something WRONG with those people so let’s punish the heck out of them. Bans, laws, ordinances are EVERYWHERE (See below).

Yet, more than half of the 350+ women over the age of 50 in the Monterey Bay peninsula without homes HAVE dogs and still, in “dog friendly” Carmel, they are told to get rid of their mutts. As if it is the dog’s fault that THERE IS NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING and very LOW WAGES. And 49% of Seniors are Living in Poverty in the USA.

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Women live longer than men, make less money than men, and get less Social Security retirement funds. Women also make easy prey for predators. Especially sick and elderly women. But hey, those bag ladies must have DONE SOMETHING WRONG to deserve living on the street. Some jerk on Facebook actually said something to that effect to me, that these people did not save up enough money so it’s their own fault.

Nope, the lazy, drunk, drug addicted, crazy people (it is easy to see how AFTER you lose your home and are treated like a nonexistent go away piece of trash that you THEN become mentally ill and / or start drinking or taking drugs) is a myth and stereotype used by some so that NOTHING NEEDS TO BE DONE OR CHANGED.

Now, women without homes need dogs for protection and companionship. Plus, it has been shown that people without homes will feed their pets BEFORE they feed themselves. People without homes Deserve EVERYTHING YOU DO, a home, a bad, a place to BE, food, health care and a DOG/Pet of their own choice. How DARE anyone tell another person what they should or not have.

8 reasons why homeless people deserve a dog 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danielle-wolffe/8-reasons-homeless-people_b_6562446.html

I should write 8 reasons why homeless people deserve HOMES …

Just ask Richard Gere the actor what it is like to be homeless. He did a movie Time Out of Mind in New York where he was dressed up as a homeless man.

“I could see people from two blocks away decide to avoid me. Whether they were conscious of it or not, they were like: I know that guy. And they filled in all the other things that one needs to know to have a reaction. They decided, OK, this guy’s gonna be asking me for money, and I don’t really want to give him any money. In fact I don’t want to make any contact with him…”

http://www.salon.com/2015/09/08/richard_gere_on_playing_a_homeless_man_in_nyc_i_could_see_people_from_two_blocks_away_decide_to_avoid_me/

Now, Pets of the Homeless, a nonprofit organization in Carson City, Nevada has a different attitude and idea. They actually help to Feed the dogs of people without homes, all over America. And help to get vet care, spay and neuter and other care plus support shelters allowing pets. While I DO NOT think that shelters are the Answer to End Homelessness, because warehousing people is NOT an answer. There is NO PRIVACY nor DIGNITY in shelters. Plus, too much money is spent on salaries and buildings and not enough ON THE PEOPLE WHO NEED HOMES.

http://www.kgw.com/story/news/2015/10/27/salem-gets-homeless-center-that-takes-pets/74686852/

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People should have HOMES. Their OWN HOMES. And some communities are creating tiny home villages and apartments and low income housing for seniors, but not enough to meet demand. And the thing is that taxpayers are paying THREE TIMES MORE per person per year to NOT HOUSE people. That is right. And some states Utah, Oregon, and others are ahead of the curve in providing HOMES and apartments for homeless people.

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AND a 9 year old girl in Washington is building tiny homes and growing food and giving them all to the people in her community in need. If she can do this, then why can’t ADULTS with MONEY do the same ????

Now onto the personal aspect of all of this:

In 1996, I went through a divorce, lost a job, three crucial family members passed on leaving me a virtual orphan, was rear ended in a car accident, and then was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and told there was no cure, just grin and bear it (all of the pain and horribleness).  Called this my Job experience.

And thought that was the worst year EVER.

Until this one hit and here are just a few of the highlights…

At the beginning of January, I finally had a home to move into, for ten days. Person turned out to be a very scary crackpot, to say the least.

At the end of January, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Not having a home was a bit of a problem (a BIG problem) to having surgery.

But then the newspaper, doggie mamas came through BIG TIME and so did BADRAP and I was given a few weeks breathing space to get through the surgery.

It was crucial for us to have a home after surgery, a place to rest, heal and recover. Instead, I moved into a place with someone with a dog who had an agenda, to steal the Breast Cancer Support Group money that was given to me. We lived there two weeks. Happy recovery, not.

Decided to move back to Carson City, Nevada, because it is cheaper and perhaps I could get a place of my own. Did not really find one so I moved in with a cowgirl and her three Jack Russells. Seemed all very positive, hot springs, Cici learned how to use a doggie door and became part of a dog pack, and then the doggie poop hit the fan when the cow girl decided instead of allowing me time to rest and recover, it was time for me to become her housekeeper with lists of 20 things to do every day. What?

Desperate for rest and my own space and place, I accepted the offer of a very kind and generous doggie donor of a camper for Cici and I to live in. A mobile home on the road. Ok, what did I know about such campers? And with a very light budget, plus a bunch of campers having passed through our paws, we got a popup camper that has to be cranked, unhitched and has caused me to become unhinged hauling it around, decimating bushes and walls and other items in its way. (It really should be mandatory for people to have lessons on how to drive these things BEFORE they buy one).

Not knowing where to go or what to do again, I headed to the 101 from Reno. A little time with the trees, perhaps? Oh yes, there were fires, smoky twisty windy roads, lots of road work, 100+ degree temperatures and 30 minutes with the trees. What a trip. And no place affordable to park the camper.

Back to Monterey, where we were living for five years. And it seems to have become totally worse for people without homes. Bans, ordinances, all terrible decimating peoples rights.

imagine if you were at risk of being thrown into jail every time YOU went to sleep, ate food, went to the bathroom or TRIED TO SURVIVE in hot or cold weather, in the rain, outside in the elements.
What would you do? What would your mother, sister, granny, or aunt do?
It is not only unconstitutional, illegal and/or immoral to have these bans in place all over the USA, but it is cruel and unusual punishment according to the Department of Justice.  

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/10/no-camping-and-other-laws-that-sneakily-push-the-homeless-away/412216/

But hey, too many cities are still putting these laws on the books. Stealing people’s possessions to the tune of $250,000 in Salinas (why build affordable housing when you can take away what little someone has, charge them to get it back and profit off of their misery?). No overnight parking or camping in Marina (Just because everyone else in the area is jumping off the roof, so the Mayor decided to go ahead and be part of the doggie pack and make it a criminal offense to sleep in his town). Do not sit and lie down in public in Monterey. Yup. You heard me. It is also illegal to FEED people in public in 33 cities across America.

In Carmel. we got a very hard wake-up call there which I will tell you about in a minute.

We went back and forth between Monterey and Paso Robles, where we discovered a few resources, like a place to sleep at night in the Jeep not the camper.

I did not mention the fact that I have tried to sell the camper and got offered half of what was paid for it which would leave me with NOTHING to buy a new camper with. The kind of camper we need is the kind that is easy to manage, that we can pull over by the side of the road, open a door and go to sleep.

Nor that I was robbed, scammed and had to call the police to get the scammer out of the camper (we popped up for three nights at a hot springs in Paso Robles). It is rustic, to say the least. And the hot springs pool itself very good for the healing of the body.

Well, I also did not say anything about the guy who smashed the Jeep and camper into a fire truck.

Need I go on?  (How am I still standing????)  well, am barely hobbling. My feet hurt so bad.

And just last week, I found out that the dearest person in my life is now in the hospital, just had an operation and is very very ill.

Was in and out of the ER all October where they told me I have blood clots on my lungs. And the doctors take one look at me and dismiss my condition because well, after all, I am fat and without a home, so that makes me a nobody and certainly not a person of worth who deserves health care.  Bye bye bye.

Plus, there is more that I cannot even discuss or go into.  Remember, I told you ONLY the highlights.

Now onto yesterday…

I woke up from sleeping in my Jeep after too many nights doing the same feeling sicker and sicker. And since the ER doctors have the attitude mentioned above, getting treated with disdain is not exactly what I seek so I just left after the social worker gave me the usual BS.

Banging your head against the wall time and time and time again is not as much fun as it supposed to be.

Well, I was in Carmel and went over to the Starbucks. I could hardly walk my feet felt like burning hot coals and I was barely able to make it to the Jeep, get Cici. I needed help feeding her. I had food and a bowl in the car but could not manage the supplies and her. I let her walk, I could barely walk with her so I sat down. And felt dizzy and like I was going to faint.

I saw someone I had seen there before, who had seemed like a dog friend. And asked her to please help me feed Cici, go to the car, get her food and bowl. She ignored me and walked away. Ok. So then a guy came along and I asked him the same. He kept right on going to his car. As if I did not exist. He heard me but just kept on walking. So then I asked another woman and the same lack of response.

At which point, I lost what little left I had of sanity and started crying and yelling. Of course, these kind folks in doggie paradise went right inside to tell Starbucks on me because they could not ignore me, me and my doggie dilemma had nothing to do with them, was not their problem, and Cici and I were interfering with their coffee time. Someone came out and told me to leave. I told her that I could barely walk. We had a few more choice words and she said that if I did not leave, she would call the police. I told her to please go ahead and call 911 and whoever else. She did.

Then we had a big party.

In the midst of all the chaos of fire rescue, paramedics and police, who were all asking me the same questions making my already dizzy head spin off its axis, the kindness man showed up. He took care of Cici, fed her, walked her and offered to take her for me if / when I went to the hospital.

Ahhh, the light at the end of this very long tunnel. ONE doggie lover left in Carmel.

ONE kind stranger. No, there were two others. A gal from Seattle, who helped me and a worker at Starbucks who was leaving, gave me her breakfast sandwich and told me that they should NEVER have treated me like they did. Well duh.  Other people who were very very kind to me recently include the manager of Panera’s Bread in Sand City, the church we held at Starbucks in Pasos Robles with Sandi, Linda and the other gals, and several more who have answered the call to help a ‘friend’ in need.

ANYONE with a brain, eyes to see, and ears to HEAR could SEE that here was a person in CRISIS who was SICK and needed assistance. Well, why be kind to that person when you can deny, ignore, or police and threaten them ???

That is it, America. The sad truth of what is happening EVERY DAY, EVERY HOUR, EVERY MINUTE to 3 million PEOPLE across America. Good, decent, hard working Americans, too.

Like James Worley, Homeless Lives Matter on Facebook and Twitter,

an honest man who found a purse filled with $1,700 and went out of his way, while homeless himself, to return the money to its rightful owner.

Like 82 year old Kelli who lived in her van for three years. Elderly women, single moms with kids, veterans, and hard working people not making enough money to afford the ever increasing rents in every city.  People in San Francisco have to make $175,000 to pay $4,500 a month in rent. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose have declared emergencies in their respective cities in regard to the overwhelming number of people somehow living without homes.

http://www.montereyherald.com/article/NF/20150124/NEWS/150129839

WE ARE IN CRISIS, America.

Yes, our furry friends deserve homes and SO DO THEIR OWNERS and FRIENDS !!!!

Millions of dollars are raised for our doggies and KITTIES and they deserve the Love and Care AND what about the people who are their families??? Do they not deserve HOMES and a Helping Hand Up, so that they can take care of their pets and not have to choose between food and rent or health care and their dog ????

According to AARP, Approximately 19 million low-income 50+ households in America cannot afford their housing costs and/or live in inadequate housing.

According to Medicare, nearly half of all seniors (48%) live in poverty today, especially in: DC (59%); California (56%).

This was the article written about Cici and I in January 2015:

http://www.montereyherald.com/social-affairs/20150228/homeless-at-65-not-the-life-former-journalist-imagined

We really need a HOME NOW. And I am asking if you would be willing to help us get the camper / home we need asap? It is imperative, life vs death.  Any amount of donation, sharing will help, thanks.

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https://www.youcaring.com/cici-the-polka-dot-princess-431664 ‪#‎pawcircle‬

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Dog Friendly Dudes Dads Day

 

June 15 is Father’s Day.  A DUDE ranch that is pet friendly may be the perfect place for a dad and his dog to vacation.  Here are a few (that we have not visited). But sound like good places to get along little doggies, get along.

Echo Valley Ranch and Spa in British Columbia, you can bring your dog when staying in their Deluxe Cabins. The Canada dude ranch charges just $20 per night for dad and best friend’s dude ranch vacation.

The Resort at Paws Up in Montana welcomes dogs for a luxury dude ranch vacation.

The BarW in Montana $15 a night for dogs or no charge with a package.

Just 16 miles south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Spotted Horse Ranch is a all-inclusive guest ranch, catering to horseback riding and fly fishing.  They offer packages as short as three night in May, early June, September and October or the typical seven night stay and they are pet friendly.

Shadow Mountain Guest Ranch in Granby, CO seems to be one of the few dude ranches in Colorado that does not seem to restrict dog breeds, but call first to make sure as it is two hours from Denver, which has a breed ban in place.  Stays include hearty breakfasts, lodging in a comfy cabin. They do require a small fee for your pooch.

Burnt Well Guest Ranch in New Mexico is a working cattle and sheep ranch which boasts 10,000 acres of high desert country.

 Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, Quincy, California, just 70 miles from the Reno Tahoe Airport, offers horseback riding, fishing and hiking in rustic ranch setting. located near the Feather River Canyon in the beautiful High Sierra mountains of Plumas County.

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Here are 12 of our favorite spots for dog friendly trips for dad, dog and the whole family in various cities in the west USA.

Lincoln City,  OR offers an abundance of pet-friendly lodging and restaurants where dogs are welcome at outdoor tables.

Play: For a fun frolic with your pooch, head for the coastline. In addition to the 7 1/2 miles of pristine Lincoln City beach, try Spring Lake Trail just west of the Regatta Grounds or Drift Creek Falls. Most Ocean lake shops will allow well-behaved pets on leashes if you ask. Remember, keep your pets on leashes and clean up after them. The annual Mutt Masters Dog Show and Olympics is a fun dog show that raises funds for two “doggie related” causes annually!

Stay:  Captain Cook Inn is a fully restored and refurbished motor court. Although not too many still exist, motor courts were a style of motel very popular in the 1940s and 50s where you park your car directly in front of your room. Call to verify dog-friendly rooms 1-800-994-2522.  2626 N.E. Hwy 101, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367

http://www.captaincookinn.com/

http://www.captaincookinn.com/Things-To-Do.html

http://www.oregoncoast.org/pets/#lodging

FYI, pets can now stay in yurts in OR, Honeyman in Florence, OR, Valley of the Rogue in Grants Pass, etc  for an extra $10 a night fee,   Book your stay, call Reservations Northwest at 1-800-452-5687, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. All pet friendly yurts and cabins must be reserved over the phone.

http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=v.page&id=28

Mendocino, CA

Stay: Stanford Inn by the Sea (from $236, breakfast included; dogs $45 onetime fee; stanfordinn.com) in Mendocino has been pet-friendly since Jeff Stanford and his wife, Joan, bought it in the 1980s. A plate of cookies for  humans and a homemade sweet-potato treat are just a few of the amenities. Dogs are welcome everywhere including the lobby, just outside the hotel’s Ravens’ Restaurant. You can eat breakfast with your well mannered dog. The food is delicious, organic and vegetarian (with many vegan options).

MacCallum House

Play: Many local parks, restaurants, and other businesses welcome dogs, too. Rent a canoe or kayak from Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too ($40/day; catchacanoe.com) and explore the Big River estuary.

Rent a limo from MacCallum House and visit Anderson Valley’s Navarro’s and Toulouse dog friendly wineries for wine tasting and treats galore.

Rutherford, CA

Stay:  Rancho Caymus Inn in St. Helena (Rutherford) is minutes from Beaulieu Vineyard and close to Robert Mondavi Winery. This romantic hotel is within close proximity to the Franciscan Oakville Estate and Silver Oak Napa Valley Winery. Make yourself at home in one of the 26 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions (from $199).

http://ranchocaymus.com/

Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA has been voted one of the dog-friendliest cities in the United States. This is pooch paradise.

Stay: Hofsas House

Play: Centrally located Carmel City Beach is the place where all the pooches play. Scenic Rd. from Ocean Ave. to Martin Way; ci.carmel.ca.us

Shop & eat: Your pooch will never want to leave Diggidy Dog (Ocean Ave. and Mission St.; 831/625-1585). The Carmel Plaza shopping center has a dogs-only place to get a cool drink of H20, the Fountain of Woof (carmelplaza.com). For dog-friendly dining, check out the Forge in the Forest (forgeintheforest.com).

Monterey, CA

Stay: Mariposa Suites

Play: The beaches (most of them) are very pet friendly. There is also hiking along the coast.

Pacific Grove Coastal Hiking Trail

Shop and Eat: Across the street from the Mariposa is the very pet friendly Del Monte Shopping center. Most shops allow dogs including Macy’s, Petco, and others. Not Whole Foods but there are pet friendly dining options, and also at Fisherman’s Wharf (Abalonetti’s patio) downtown.

Cambria, CA

Play: Visit the dog park or walk along the bluffs.

Stay: Cambria Pines Lodge, From $189; dogs $15/night; Moonstone Hotel Properties, 152 Rooms Total

2905 Burton Drive

Cambria, CA 93428

Reservations: (800) 966-6490

Eat: Robin’s Restaurant garden patio offers food that pleases everybody. Unique starters such as Singapore chicken sate, fresh inviting straight from the garden salads and curried chicken and other sandwiches are what’s for lunch. For dinner, lamb curry, Tail Lobster Enchiladas, Malaysian chicken and Moroccan duck breast entrees, plus delectable desserts (hot fudge sundaes with coffee ice cream and pistachio nuts) , Robin’s seasonal menus are prepared from scratch.

www.robinsrestaurant.com

Morro Bay, CA

https://celiasue.com/2013/05/03/mamas-day-weekend-in-slo/

Play: Pooches all aboard on a Tiki Boat tour of the Morro Bay Harbor on the Lost Isles Cruise.  View the wildlife in their natural habitat, and sea otters, seals, sea lions, and a wide variety of birds in Morro Bay’s beautiful estuary. The dogs will love the sounds of the sea life.  www.baycruisers.com

Eat: Luna Red. Their patio is filled with guests and their four legged friends. And the food and wine is to drool for. Organic, sustainable fresh seafood and salads.   Crab lasagne, wild boar spare ribs and a variety of vegetarian fare.

http://www.lunaredslo.com/storage/Dinner%20Menu%20March%202013.pdf

Enjoy a great meal of freshly caught fish, smoked oysters, calamari, fish and chips and more. at Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant. Tognazzini’s is also home to three beautiful and friendly white Labs.

www.bonniemarietta.com/Dockside-Restaurant.htm

Los Angeles, CA

Stay:  At an iconic hotel, Hotel Normandie

Brentwood Hotel Luxe

Play: Runyon Canyon, a 168-acre park in the Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon Park and Griffith Park, are just a few options. laparks.org.

Huntington Beach, CA

Stay: Hilton Waterfront

Play: Every September Surf City holds its Surf Dog Contest. surfcitysurfdog.com.

Eat: Park Bench Cafe

Lake Tahoe, CA

Stay: Three Peaks Resort in South Lake, All 62 rooms are pet friendly. dogs are allowed in the lobby and in the swimming pool area.  There is a private beach nearby where guests can go with their dogs on leash.  Pet fee is $20   

https://celiasue.com/2014/01/03/hounds-at-heavenly/

While in the area, you might also visit dog friendly Virginia City. Many of the shops allowed Cici inside, and had water bowls out on the wooden boardwalk. You might even see/hear a ghost or two in this haunted town. Boo.

San Diego, CA

Stay: Pets are welcome at the Hotel Solamar with no restriction on types or size. Pet owners will be asked to fill out a waiver form accepting responsibility for any damage or cleaning charges that may occur while at the Hotel.

http://www.hotelsolamar.com/san-diego/pet-friendly/index.html

http://www.hotelsolamar.com/

HOTEL SOLAMAR

(877) 230-0300

Hotel:

(619) 819-9500

Play:  “Dog Beach” in Ocean Beach

Kanab, Utah

Stay:  XbarH Lodge

435-648-2750

https://celiasue.com/2012/06/08/utah-pet-friendly/

Visit/Volunteer:

http://www.bestfriends.org/atthesanctuary/angelcanyon/visitorfaq.cfm

 

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RIP sweet Lucas

An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each other’s hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: “UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”

‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are”

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The Vicktory dogs family, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Badrap, Our Pack exemplify this kind of attitude towards the dogs and people… imagine the world we live in today especially in America being this way… a dream… a hope… a wish…this is how life is… when we ALL thrive…life is at it should be…

Sweet Lucas was one of the dogs who was court ordered to stay at Best Friends for life and so he did not experience having a family home of his own… but from all reports, he was MUCH LOVED by all the caregivers he had…visitors to Best Friends, all who met and knew him… all the people who’s lives he touched…

From Best Friends:

We’re deeply saddened to announce that our dear Lucas crossed over the Rainbow Bridge earlier this evening, ending his suffering from a host of health complications. We knew those of you who love him most would want to know. Please keep Lucas and those closest to him in your thoughts. We’ll have more details to share later.

more from Best Friends

 

http://blogs.bestfriends.org/

 

Lucas wore the Michael Vick dog fighting scars of his past on his face, but his heart and soul exuded nothing but happiness, excitement, love, and forgiveness up to the end. -jessie

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In Memory of Lucas 

“Garcia doesn’t seem to mind the interruption, and we’re ushered through the door. The first dog we see is a large, dirty blond Pit Bull with a huge head and knowing, resigned eyes. His face, torso, and legs bear the unmistakable scars of fierce battle. Clearly, this dog hasn’t been in just a scrape or two, he’s had to fight for his life. Yet, as we step closer, his whole body wiggles and wags.

“This is Lucas,” says Garcia. “He’s a grand champion. He’s probably been fought more than 25 times.”

Lucas nuzzles his head into the crook of my elbow. He darts over to greet my husband, all kisses and play bows. It’s hard to imagine a dog being any friendlier, and we fall all over him in return. He’s irresistible.”

“To Judah Battista, Lucas is Exhibit A in the argument that all dogs are good dogs if they’re treated well.”

“Of all the pit bulls in Michael Vick’s Bad Newz Kennels, Lucas was the baddest of them all — Mike Tyson, Hulk Hogan and a little Ray Lewis rolled into one, the grand champion, the most vicious of the vicious Vick dogs.

“When his dog-fighting operation was busted, Vick was sent to prison and so, in a sense, was Lucas. The court shipped him and 21 of his fighting mates from Virginia to this sprawling, 3,800-acre animal sanctuary outside Kanab, with the stipulation that Lucas spend the rest of his days here. It was your basic life sentence.

“That was in January 2008.

“Nearly four years later, or 28 by his reckoning, Lucas is running the place.

“Open the door to the executive offices, and there he is, a smile on his face, a lick on his lips, and eager anticipation of either a pet or a treat written all over his eyes.

“Only the fading scars on his neck and face suggest that he was once the toughest, scariest and most-abused dog in Virginia.

“…we knew that meanness wasn’t the summary of their nature,” he continues. “Using stereotypes doesn’t help anyone. They can all be rehabilitated. It just takes time and affection and attention.

“What we needed to prove was that man could be dog’s best friend as much as dogs could be man’s best friend.”

“After that speech, Judah gave Lucas a treat.

“And Lucas? He jumped in Judah’s lap and gobbled it down.”

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700201165/Michael-Vicks-meanest-dog-doing-great-in-Kanab.html?pg=all

“When some visitors come
into the office and sit down,
he welcomes them by
jumping onto their laps and
lavishing kisses on them,”
Brenda says. “That tells
me that he’s not the menacing,
dangerous dog that far too
many people feel his breed
might be. He only wants to
be loved. We all are better
people for having had the
experience of having him in our lives.”

“For Dr. Patti, his easy nature is also what has
touched her: “The thing that stands out most
to me about Lucas is his overflowing love of
people. He is so kind and gentle despite what
humans in the past have put him through. It
really teaches a lesson in forgiveness and
understanding that we humans should strive to equal.”

“Michelle agrees: “We can learn a lot from him.
He has been a very happy dog despite his
background and despite all of the ups and
downs he has had medically.”

“…The gentle side of Lucas, despite his past, continues
to inspire those who know and love him. “His joy
for life and a can-do attitude are something we
can all strive for,” says John. “Lucas really
does symbolize the American dog Despite a
very difficult past, he is affectionate and forgiving.
We are all pulling for him to get better.”

http://lifewithsatchmo.blogspot.com/2011/04/vicktory-dog-lucas-update.html

May ALL dogs experience the love, understanding, a home of their own, lots of food and treats and belly rubs that Lucas did… may he run free over the Rainbow Bridge… RIP …

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V-dogs magical reunion at Best Friends

If this doesn’t make you cry with joy, I don’t know what will… bring tissues with you…

Six of the 22 dogs taken in by Best Friends Animal Society … Mel, Cherry Garcia, Little Red, Handsome Dan, Oscar, and Halle had a ball at their 2013 five year reunion. About 150 to 200 people came to the event’s meet and greet to celebrate with the families and dogs. All the dogs were very well behaved and enjoyed being with one another.

Cherry Garcia and his dad on CNN

http://www.hlntv.com/video/2013/03/12/michael-vick-dog-rescue-cherry-reunion

Years ago at Bad Newz Kennels, Michael Vick and his cohorts terrorized, traumatized and abused these dogs, made them fight or used them as bait and left them unsocialized and afraid on chains. Their loving caretakers at Best Friends and adopted families have helped them recover and heal with lots of TLC and the difference between how the criminals and humans treated them shows and speaks volumes. The dogs were NEVER the problem. The dogs were NEVER mean nor vicious nor aggressive. The dogs were NEVER violent.

http://blogs.bestfriends.org/index.php/2013/03/12/vicktory-dog-reunion/

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Group shot from left to right: : Mel, Halle, Cherry, Handsome Dan and Little
Red (Oscar is in the back!). Photo by Molly Wald

“47 dogs, according to the federal grand master’s count, were taken in the 2007 raid, from which the 22 toughest cases were brought to the Best Friends sanctuary. Best Friends proposed that the dogs could be rehabilitated or, at the least, deserved care and feeding for life… this was the first time the courts ever allowed dogs confiscated from a fight ring to not only be individually evaluated and rehabilitated, but also to be eligible for adoption. Until then, the protocol for fighting dogs seized was destruction, it was considered that you couldn’t take the fight out of the dog once it was bred or instilled.”

“Five years ago … these same six dogs were brought together in a very different circumstance,” Hunter said, “they were brought together by criminals who had very bad intentions for them – the same dogs, but a different set of people. Today … these same exact six dogs are brought here together by six loving families who want the best for them, and the circumstances are very very different. The dogs are exactly the same and as you look around you can see the results.”

http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2013/03/12/kuzmanic-samodt-michael-vick-fight-dogs-today-vicktory-dogs-and-ambassadors-of-hope-stgnews-videocast/

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs/michael-vicks-former-dogs-celebrated-at-reunion

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Little gets held like a baby by McKenzie Garcia who helped to rescue her and bring her to safety at Best Friends.

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It was also announced that Little’s mom Susan is adopting one of the Handsome Dan foster dogs Jewels, who got along famously with Little at the reunion.  Jewels and Little are now sisters!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGp_AZNhte8&feature=player_embedded

During the presentation at the meet and greet, the adopters shared about how magical their experiences with the dogs has been helping the dogs heal on a day to day basis… how the dogs have learned how to live life as part of a loving family.

http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20130311/NEWS01/303110017/Vicktory-dogs-celebrate?nclick_check=1

At the same time, their former owner was going to do book signings at Barnes and Noble but they were canceled due to protests by animal lovers.

Love, light and hope prevail.

“Their photos could be from any pet-loving family’s album. They show dogs doing what dogs do: helping toddlers learn to stand, flopping out on the couch next to the cat, enjoying time with the family in front of a Christmas tree, running on the beach, stretching out in the grass on a sunny day, and sleeping in their person’s bed under the covers. To look at their lives now, it’s unimaginable that five years ago these dogs were the topic of national news and debate. Many thought they were dangerous fighting pit bulls that should be put to death for everyone’s safety. Others looked at them and saw hope. Luckily for the dogs and the many lives they have touched, hope won.”

http://www.bestfriends.org/News-And-Features/News/Good-Newz/

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/adopted-dogs-vick-dog-fighting-004900775.html

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Vicktory Dogs reunion

The long awaited date and time of the Victory Dogs reunion meet and greet at Best Friends Animal Society is here, ta da…spring break may be just the best time to visit since the weather is not too hot yet…

Monday March 11 at 1:15 pm at Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah…

Meet Handsome Dan, Cherry Garcia, Little Red, Halle, Oscar, and Mel up close and personal with their families…

http://www.bestfriends.org/News-And-Features/News/Good-Newz/

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For more info about visiting Best Friends,

https://celiasue.com/2012/06/08/utah-pet-friendly/

Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, Utah 84741-5000
Phone: (435) 644-2001
Email: info@bestfriends.org

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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…

http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=8290

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.

http://www.kanabguide.com/

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.

http://www.bestfriends.org/atthesanctuary/angelcanyon/visitorfaq.cfm

http://www.bestfriends.org/atthesanctuary/angelcanyon/visitorfaq.cfm#lodgingkanab

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).

http://www.xbarhlodge.com/

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!!!”

http://www.xbarhlodge.com/petguests2.html

XbarH Lodge

708 Red Rock Dr.

Orderville UT  84758

435-648-2750

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

Camping

• 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

http://www.nationalparkreservations.com/bryce_rubys_inn.php

no extra charge for pets, most rooms allow pets

Bryce Cyn Resort

http://www.nationalparkreservations.com/bryce_resort.php

$10 Fee per night per pet

Victorian Inn

190 North 300 West
Kanab, UT 84741
1-800-997-5148


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

http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/US/UT/Kanab-hotels/BEST-WESTERN-Red-Hills/Hotel-Overview.do?propertyCode=45005

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

1-800-997-5149

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

http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/kanab/knbut/hoteldetail

Treasure Trail motel

http://www.treasuretrailkanab.com/

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
1-800-230-4134

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
parkcomment@utah.gov

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.

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/brycecanyonnationalpark/1561028783.html#ixzz1x4eLE6QF

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

http://www.zionparkinn.com/

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.

http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-page-arizona-AZ214

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.

http://www.lakepowell.com/policies.aspx

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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