Monthly Archives: July 2008

this dog is for hire… dog scouts of America…

for all you dogs with jobs… and those wannabe dogs who want jobs… I think it’s a good idea to put dogs to work to earn their keep… 🙂  cici could sure use a job besides stalking cats, squirrels and birds…  anyone got a job for my polka dot gurl?

thought that the info on the sites below is kinda cool…

How to become your dogs pack leader

dog scouts of america

Dog Scouts of America is a non-profit organization established by Lonnie Olson in 1995.  Dog Scouts is dedicated to educating the public about responsible dog ownership, increasing the human/canine bond, and helping dogs and their owners learn new things while having fun.  They promote positive methods of dog training and are built on the premise that dog homelessness could be significantly reduced (and, perhaps, even resolved entirely) if every dog owner socialize their dogs properly at a young age, invest time in training their dogs, spay or neuter their dogs, and properly contain their dogs.

will cici get a merit badge for being a polka dotted spoiled brat ?  only time will tell…

want to start a troop?  let me know…  (is this too cute or what?)

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do you know the way to SEO top ranking heaven?

If your pet friendly business has a website, you need search engine optimization aka SEO to attract traffic. Every single day, people seek businesses like yours on Yahoo, Google, AOL and other search engines. They are looking for websites with the information that they need. They want to find your product or service. You can receive hundreds, thousands, even millions of clicks and views aka traffic and sales from keyword searches IF you have the correct keywords on your website in the right places and if your site is at the TOP of the search results. Let’s say one of your popular keywords is doggie daycare. To be number one, you gotta hire an SEO Expert.

But every dog and their mother claim they’re the top SEO experts of the Internet universe.  How many back up their claims with proof  ?  With SEO, you either get what you want, top ranking or you’re wasting your time, energy and money. SEO is not taught in school and it’s a complex subject so how do you know where to go and what to do?

You can find SEO experts who have experience, top ranking, are featured in national publications such as Enterpreneur and Inc and a great client list.  In other words, people who walk their talk. Experts who can get you quality inbound links, listed in directories, and much more.  At the top of the search results, life is something to woof about.

And if you would like to get featured in national publications such as Parent magazine like Linda Hecht a recent client of mine, and newspapers and blogs, let me know. Declare yourself a media top dog and you will get the gravy, treats and groovy new toys.  Just ask my girl Cici, she gets all the attention and treats she wants just by being a cute, lovable, sweet girl and by showing off her belly at the drop of a hat. She’s accessible and her adoring fans love her for her puppy kisses. You too can reap the rewards by learning how to write press releases that get published and promoting your business with top notch SEO and publicity.

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no dog left behind…

I would think that barking would be an issue too some dogs who bark whine and howl all the time (because they are left alone too long and too much)…  very annoying to neighbors and landlord… (so maybe it’s there but hidden, lumped in together with landlord issues)…

I was talking to someone recently about dogs and pets being abandoned on freeways, streets, in foreclosed homes, when people get evicted and so on…   it is unthinkable how a family could abandon a family member… yet people do it all of the time and for the following reasons…  if you cannot take care of your dog or cat or other pet anymore, find them a new home… of course, that is easy to say and harder to do especially when you are in a crisis situation and not thinking clearly and panicking yourself… get help for yourself and your family and that includes your pets… it is not always easy to ask for help, and you may feel afraid and want to hide but if you don’t ask for help, you won’t receive because no one knows…

be sure to check out this website about the prison dogs programs and how they change people and dogs lives for the better…

Top Ten Reasons Why Dogs Are Deposited In Shelters

In one study, The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) lists the top ten reported reasons why dogs are deposited in a shelter:

1. Family moving

2. Landlord issues

3. Too many animals in household

4.Cost of pet maintenance

5. Owner’s personal problems

6. Inadequate facilities

7. No homes available for littermates

8. Have no time for pet

9. Pet illnesses

10. Biting

send this dog to camp…

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fido meets yum-o, Rachael Ray’s new pet rescue and pet food…

I disovered Rachael Ray on the Food Network on her show 30 Minute Meals a few years ago before she had her national show… now she has gone global, and recently started a pet rescue and pet food company with natural ingredients… foods like she feeds her beloved pit bull Isaboo… sharing the recipes, feeding other dogs and cats good tasty foods.

Cici is looking forward to tasting Nutrish… and it’s great to see celebrities using their fame for good works such as Rachael’s Rescue. How about asking / writing Rachael and asking her to start a national pet food bank for animals and pet owners ?  That would be a wonderful step in the right direction… perhaps she could donate a % of food to the food bank, for starters…

been watching the Food Network’s search for the new food network star, don’t yet know who won because I didn’t watch the last one, but it was clear that Rachael Ray makes her job look really easy when it’s definitely not… lots of stress, pressure and doing twenty things at one time… a lot of work…

Rachael Ray Nutrish includes two varieties of all natural dog food featuring real meat as the first ingredient – Real Chicken and Veggies and Real Beef and Brown Rice. There are no by-products, fillers, artificial flavors or preservatives; and each recipe contains:

* Antioxidant nutrients like vitamin E and selenium to support a healthy immune system
* A healthy fiber blend including oatmeal for easy digestion
* Omega Fatty Acids, with a dash of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to support healthy skin and a shiny coat
* High quality proteins to support healthy organs and lean muscle mass
* Calcium for strong bones and healthy teeth;_ylt=Ar8kGoM6tgN0ZC6l_cmOAsL1RNMF

Rachael Ray Goes to the Dogs
By Gina Serpe Mon Jul 28, 2:55 AM PDT

Fido, meet Yum-o.

Rachael Ray is bringing her trademark brand of culinary perk to the pet world, launching a new line of premium dog food.

The Rover-friendly line, dubbed Rachael Ray Nutrish, features two varieties of all-natural pooch chow recipes, which have been both named after and developed for Ray’s own four-legged friend, her pit bull Isaboo.

Proceeds from the products will be donated to Rachael’s Rescue, an organization founded by the foodie that helps at-risk animals through the adoption process.

“I love my dog Isaboo, and as a member of my family, I need to make sure that she eats as well as the rest of us,” Ray gushes. “With the launch of Nutrish, I now have the opportunity to share with other pet lovers some of her favorite meals, flavors and special treats.”

Those favorites include the somewhat cloyingly named treats Isaboo Booscotti and Isaboo Grill Bites.

“It seemed like not a lot of extra time to donate to something that could potentially raise millions of dollars for championing these little creatures that can’t speak for themselves,” Ray said of the line’s charitable bent.

Ray has made no secret of her dog-loving ways over the years, featuring her pup in the opening credits of her Food Network show 30 Minute Meals, as well as featuring the dog on her syndicated talk show, Every Day With Rachael Ray

Proving to be an equal-opportunity pet provider, Ray already has a line of natural cat food in the works.

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working dogs… give that dog a job…

this is such a fun photo of a dog that looks like Cici cleaning up … hah…

my girl was showing off her belly at the bank again today. She thinks banks are the best places for treats, belly rubs and lots of attention. Her favorite bank branch is the one in Medford, Oregon and second place is the one in Carson City, Nevada where the bank employees love her, too.


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what, customer service and the power of choice…

customer service, the operative word being customer, when did the customer stop being right and start being nickeled and dimed and treated badly by the hospitality industry and others?

Stephanie was telling me how she was woken up by a customer at 5 am who wanted to stay at the motel. The customer rightly wanted a discount at that early hour. Stephanie offered them a late checkout until 2 pm with a fee. Not exactly what the customer wanted. The customer was from Nevada and decided to stay somewhere else.  Good for the customer.

Now admittedly, Nevadans are spoiled by hotel casinos going the extra mile, giving comps and discounts and great prices (usually)… AND this is the first time I have ever heard of a late checkout fee.  I usually opt to stay until noon or 1 pm and have NEVER been charged a fee for checking out late.

Excuse me, hotel and motel owners, who is paying your employee’s salaries and who is paying your profits???  Your customers. And if you don’t treat your customers right, you won’t have any customers sooner or later.

Yesterday, I talked with Wyndham Rewards… I’ve spent $1,000+ on motels in the last month or so and they are supposed to credit me with points so that I get free rooms… yeah, right… ok, at least the program does not cost anything but when I asked if my stays were recorded they told me that the stay I had a few nights ago is not in their system yet, it takes 10 days. Ok.  Then I stayed at one motel in Medford, Oregon for ten nights and the guy tells me that doesn’t count because I used a coupon… so what I still spent $500 there that should count for something. It is really starting to annoy me that you spend so much money on these places and they don’t feel any obligation to give you anything, not even a decent room.

Maybe I am spoiled. The hotel casinos in Nevada do give great deals and they do that because people spend so much money gambling… so why then when I called one hotel casino in Oregon, they wanted $89 a night…do customers have to go to Nevada for fabulous rooms and great service, and forget the rest of the country???

Wise up, people. In this economy and even when times are good, people want the MOST bang for their buck. And your bad attitudes and cheapskate ways are gonna lose you customers. It’s just business. Plain and simple reality. And dog owners are going to revolt, too. Who wants to be charged $5, 10, 25 or $50 extra a night to bring along Fido or Fluffy?

and who wants to spend $28-50+ on a dog’s own hotel suite if the service is not superb ?

customers have the power of choice… if you could choose between a motel that does not give you the amenities that it tells you it has, is rude, and the place smells, and a motel that is clean, fresh and homey, both for the same price, $50-55 a night with dog?  (crown pacific vs. captain cook inn, both in Lincoln City, Oregon), where would you stay?  no brainer, right… I chose Captain Cook Inn… and I figure if one motel can offer a great room and service for $54 a night, then so can the others.

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a man and his dog… and a dog travel network…

Curtis and his dog lugnut sit at a rest area in central oregon. When a car drives up and the people get out of the car, he greets them happily and offers to clean the bugs off their windows. He is courteous, polite and upbeat, even pleasant… He is living in a weekly motel with his dog, a pit mix. The donations he receives from people keeps him off the street and fed.  Enterprising.  get this man a yurt.

cici wants a yurt… buy this dog a yurt… her own yurt. my own yurt.  a yurt to call our home…

Some interesting dog travel blogs including where to find the dog friendly beaches in Italy.

We are now in Grants Pass, Oregon… and may stay here a few days and camp out this weekend… hah, says Cici… I am not sleeping in a tent… and I am not allowed in the campground yurts… oh well…

we are staying at the Sunset Inn in Grants Pass on Sixth Street… Stephanie and her mom have been filling me in on all of the chocolate venues (three) in town besides the wonderfully delicious Cary’s toffee place… Stephanie’s mom said Cici looks like her dog in Hawaii… and we also talked about Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.  Am looking forward to new chocolate sampling… yum yum…

now here’s more about the Sunset Inn… I stayed at a Super 8 the other night for $80 and got a sorry tiny bagel, no cream cheese… while here at the Sunset Inn, they actually had real bagels, the everything bagel, cheese bagels, a variety of bagels and with cream cheese… and they gave me a $5 gas card, the room smells fresh, none of that motel smell, and the shampoos are eco friendly.  Plus, Stephanie gave me a toothbrush kit and they have other types of kits for shaving, sewing, etc. and told me about where other yurts are in the area and parks where I can take the cici bug… and there is hot chocolate and coffee throughout the day in the lobby… now why don’t other motels give folks amenities like these?

i love this photo because every time I go out of the car, cici goes and sits in the driver’s seat as if she is going to drive the car… she usually waits patiently for me to return… on occasion, yesterday, she would not move over and wanted to drive next to me, the car is too full and there was no room, but a girl dog just wants to cuddle with her mom while driving… or lean her head on her mom’s shoulder or arm or lap. awwww…

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grazing in the grass was a gas…

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bit by a dog…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seek medical care for:

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

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

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

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

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

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dream big doggie dreams…

It can be tough to start up a business… most businesses fail within the first few years and yet many people have the dream of creating their dream doggie business…

Perhaps you are looking for funding for your pet related business and are seeking an angel investor or venture capital… sometimes people max out their credit cards, get business loans from the Small Biz Administration or ask friends and family to help them out.  Not a good idea to mix business and relatives…

I would like to get funds from angel investors to create a doggie day camp and holistic dog healing center. And now that we’ve stayed in a yurt in a campground, I would love to find people who would like to fund my dream.  Perhaps there are others out there who have similar dreams and we can pool our resources.  Hawaii, Calfornia or Oregon coast would be wonderful places for this… Tag, you’re it !

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