Monthly Archives: February 2009

who’s afraid of the big bad dog?

the subject is worth repeating… the pit bull myths have once again reared their ugly heads…

what’s interesting is that every single day, people come up to me and tell me what a beautiful dog I have, how sweet and gentle she is, how lovable and endearing, so it is clear that the ONLY people who believe irresponsible media folk who perpetrate false information and mania to sell fake news to those who want to blame the latest boogeyman aka the big bad pit bulls, are the very same media folk and a few garden variety nut jobs who are ignorant and like to stay that way… why educate yourself WITH THE TRUTH, DO RESEARCH, when you can spread lies and untruths TO SCARE PEOPLE… like the person we voted OUT of the White House…

here are a few facts…

l. there is NO BREED named Pit Bull… according to dog experts…

so what breed is a pit bull if there is NO SUCH DOG BREED as a pit bull???

Pit Bull is a term commonly used to describe several breeds of dog in the Molosser family. The breeds most often placed in this category are the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

In the media the term is vague and may include other breeds with similar physical characteristics, such as the Perro de Presa Canario, Cane Corso, Dogo Argentino, Alano Espanol, Japanese Tosa, Dogue de Bordeaux, Cordoba Fighting Dog, Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog, American Bulldog, Boxer, Valley Bulldog, Olde English Bulldogge, Renascence Bulldogge, and Banter Bulldogge. These breeds are rarely listed by name in breed-specific legislation, but they are sometimes included when the term is defined broadly and based on physical appearance.[1]

When people discriminate against people based upon the person’s looks, we call that racism and bigotry…

be afraid, be very afraid of this dog…


pit bulls are search and rescue dogs

Please Don’t Blame Innocent Dogs for Human Cruelty and Criminal Behavior !!!

Ban Michael Vick and people like him, not dogs !!!


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a dog named cheryl?

the Onion is a fake newspaper online with crazy articles like this one below … and the reason this one is funny in a not funny way, is there is a lot of truth in it… check it out…

I’m Thinking About Getting A Dog To Neglect

By Stephanie Auten
February 24, 2009 | Issue 45•09

I have a hole in my life. It’s small, has four legs, a shiny coat, and maybe even one of those teeny corkscrew tails that wags when it’s happy to see me. Yes, it’s a dog—a huggable little munchkin who’s there for me anytime I happen to be at home and in the mood for some limited companionship.

I’m just dying to get a sweet, sweet puppy, one I can love will all my heart to the extent that it’s convenient for me.

Do you know why I want one so bad? Because they are full of love! They’re snuggly. They don’t know that you aren’t fit to own them. They adore you no matter what. And that’s exactly what’s missing from my life: the kind of nonjudgmental creature who doesn’t clash with my living room furniture and allows me to say “I have a dog” to anyone I think it will impress.

It would just be so great to come home after a 10-hour day to an innocent, eager face that you could shower with phrases like “Who’s a good boy?” and “Did you miss Momma?” for a few seconds before settling down to watch TV, ignoring its yipping and yapping for the rest of the night.

And if it were a cuddly little sweetheart, I’d let it sleep on my bed whenever it wanted, unless I had company, or it was too hot out, or it started shedding on my good sheets, or I just needed to stretch out across the whole bed to get comfy.

Oh, I want one, I want one, I want one!

Something that relies on me for its every need, something that’s completely helpless because every natural defense its species once possessed has been bred out of it. A lovable critter who has no choice but to show me unconditional love, howling uncontrolably every time I leave because deep down in its adorable little head it can’t be sure I’m ever coming back.

I’d name it Cherry!

Plus, this is the perfect time for me to get a dog. I never used to be responsible enough to neglect a pet, but now I’m old enough to know you’re supposed to take it for walks and pick up after it, and I can make the adult decision not to do so. I’m sure I have enough initiative to let a living, breathing animal scratch at the door for hours on end because I’ve been out all weekend and have a raging hangover and don’t have the energy to walk downstairs and let it out.

But you know, I don’t have to leave it home all the time. Think how cute it would be if I put it in my handbag, leaving the zipper open just a bit so it could poke out its tiny pug nose! I could bring it with me to a bar, where it could get passed around to all my friends and occasionally stepped on, or tied to a chair when I wanted to go dance or shoot some pool.

Just imagine! A fun sidekick and a friend whom I could confide in but who wouldn’t judge me, someone who would pick me up when I was feeling down but at other times could be completely ignored without consequence. A pal who would lay a head down on my lap to get a casual scratch behind the ears after a night of being left out in the cold.

That’s another wonderful thing about dogs. If you need to talk on the phone, you can just put it outside and leave it there while you catch up with a friend or order a pizza or whatever. Then, when you decide you need it again and remember where you left it, you can throw open the door and it will come running in all excited to see you!

Oh! A Shih Tzu!

Shih Tzus are such pretty things. I could put a cute sweater on it, put bows in its long hair, and forget it at the groomer, where I’d take it each time I failed to brush the tangles out of its coat. And none of my friends have Shih Tzus, so I would have unique status in my social circle, and that’s an important factor in compatibility.

You know what, maybe a Pomeranian. They’re small, right?

But really, any dog would do. I just want something that has a pedigree and can go days without interacting with another living organism. Then, after a couple of years, if it worked out all right, maybe I could just get rid of the dog and have a child…


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Michelle Obama: First dog to arrive in April

Sasha says April 1st, April Fools Day… good day to bring a new dog home… They’re seeking a rescue Portuguese Water Dog (similar to Labradoodles) …

names for the dog range from Frank to Moose and beyond…


what a cutie:


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breaking news… hot off the press !!!

Cici has discovered a new favorite dog treat and dog food to add to her list of favs… ta da… Dogswell !

it is rare when Cici woofs at me after eating her treats or food (gimme more now)… so Mellow Mutt, Vitality, Happy Heart and other healthy treats are four paws up yum, the canned food (sweet potato and New Zealand lamb, sweet potato and cage free chicken and other flavors) have been scarfed up in record time, with big woofs letting me know that she wants MORE NOW… when the bowl was empty, she clearly wanted to eat another bowl full of this chow…

unlike some other healthy dog foods that Cici did not want to eat, she’s a real meat and potatoes kind of gal, and some other really good and healthy foods have good veggie ingredients, which I’d like to feed her, the dogswell foods give her what she wants… the beef/meat/chicken… plus a little veggie… without the health food aftertaste…

the dogswell foods/treats are gluten free, wheat, soy and corn free and also have no hormones, preservatives and no rendered meat… so it’s dog food you can feel good about feeding to your beloved pet. (they have cat food, too)…

Ingredients of the Mellow Mutt treat: Chicken Breast, Vitamin E Supplement, Chamomile, Clover, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Linden Flower, Oyster Shell Flour (Source of Calcium Carbonate)


The canned food was chunky and moist, and looks just like REAL FOOD…

it is Natural Grain-Free Food For Dogs made with Cage-Free Chicken and Duck, New Zealand Lamb, Antioxidants, Super Fruits and Omega 3’s and 6’s Chelated Minerals for Better Nutrient Absorption and Natural Sources of Glucosamine and Chondroitin


Dry food offers:

* Fresh chicken as the #1 ingredient
Balanced carbohydrates including oats, barley, brown rice, sweet potatoes and peas
Antioxidant-rich ingredients such as carrots, apples, blueberries, flaxseed, vitamin A and vitamin E
Chelated minerals for better nutrient absorption
Natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin to support hip and joint health
Omega fatty acids to help maintain healthy eyes, skin and coat
NO gluten, flour, steroids, added hormones, wheat, corn, soy, BHA/BHT, ethoxyquin, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives



Soon, next weekend, is the Mendocino Whale Watching Festival (March 7-8, 2009)… with fun activities for dogs, owners and others… more about this soon…


Please sign this petition to ban Michael Vick from the NFL… his cruelty should not be rewarded…

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chocolate, and dog walking and eucalyptus, oh my !

The pet friendliest place to stay when you and your pooch need some luxurious pampering in Newport Beach is the Island Hotel, located adjacent to the Fashion Island Mall. Pet amenities include a freshly baked fragrant and chewy dog bone made by Executive Pastry Chef Michael Owens. Each bone is handcrafted from wheat and rice flour and chicken stock. Other amenities include two dog bowls, a plush pet bed by Eloise Pet Accessories emblazoned with the hotel logo, bottled water, (plus a seasonal fruit amenity for the owner) and they also offer dog walking services for $10. There is a huge grassy area along the side, near the front door where dogs can zoom around and sniff to their heart’s delight.

Just minutes from Newport Harbor overlooking the nearby islands of Balboa, Lido and Catalina, Island Hotel Newport Beach features amenities such as Palm Terrace Restaurant & Lounge; a 4,000-square-foot spa; a 3,000-square-foot resort-style pool; a fitness center; two outdoor; lighted tennis courts; and over 30,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel is owned and operated by The Irvine Company, a 110-year-old, privately held real estate investment company based in Newport Beach, CA.

The warm, friendly attitude and friendly demeanor at the Island Hotel extends to check-in, valet and every guest feels welcome. The rooms are tastefully decorated, appointed with a desk and comfy chair, king bed, and bathroom stocked with L’Occitane shampoo, shower gel and body lotion.

When you’re in the mood for a romantic getaway, ask for the Romance Package which includes a complimentary upgrade to the next room category plus champagne and chocolates upon arrival. Throughout the year, the hotel offers various specials and packages for its guests. Check the website at or call 1-888-321-4752 for more info.



Be sure to ask for Saiko when you book your massage. Saiko Thornton has been with The Spa at Island Hotel for two years. Previously, she was working with a Chinese acupuncture doctor in nearby Irvine, CA. Born in Japan, she specializes in Swedish, Shiatsu, and energy work. She is a very versatile and top massage therapist. Saiko has been exercising her fingers since the age of nine in her native Japan. Her expert kneading will work out all the knots and leave you relaxed and refreshed. There is a menu of massage options from reflexology to aromatherapy. The Travel Recovery massage comes complete with aromatherapy oils (heated ones such as ginger for the upper body and cooling ones such as lemongrass and peppermint for the feet and lower body). There is a eucalyptus steam bath for before and after the massage. Afterwards, there is a fruit kabob and lemon scented water to drink.

A romantic option, Kai Pua Ritual, a “Hawaiian” getaway for two is accompanied by two therapists. The synchronized “Ocean Two” long wave strokes simulate a tide moving across the body. Working in unison with soft Hawaiian music in the background, the two therapists massage with warm cocoa butter. Also included is a welcome Washing of the Feet Ritual using a salt, pineapple and papaya scrub, and the “double the enjoyment” session ends decadently with champagne and chocolate truffles. Available throughout 2009. 60 minutes. For reservations, please call (949) 759-0808.

And just in case, Fido feels left out, The Spa at Island Hotel retails various beauty products for pets, including candles, colognes and a doggie beauty bag by Pet Aromatic; as well as shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, a facial scrub and paw
treatment by Spa Lavish Pet.


The Palm Terrace restaurant offers a delightful variety of items from seafood to lamb, organic chicken and delicious side dishes.

The meal begins with your choice of waters and several types of freshly made breads, such as olive, sour dough, cheese, and banana, Next, comes the appetizers, smoked salmon on a tiny pancake, mac and cheese (not your supermarket comfort food), and delicate, sweet scallops with fingerling potatoes. Entrees include New Zealand salmon and you can opt for a baked potato instead of the regular side dish. Beware, the potatoes are huge and come with sour cream and cheese, a meal within itself. Don’t forget to get a doggie bag filled with scrumptious leftovers for Fido.

Cocoa Lounge Dessert Buffet During The Month of February

oh yes, there is ALWAYS room for chocolate and now there is an entire room filled with chocolate desserts ! Visit the Cocoa Room. For the month of February, the Cocoa Room offers an artistic and decadent assortment of chocolate desserts from flourless chocolate cake, to chocolate lollipops, three chocolate cake, truffles, explorer, s’mores, mousses, and much more. Executive Pastry Chef Michael Owens brings chocolate heaven to a whole new level. Working closely with Executive Chef Bill Bracken, Owens constantly develops inventive new desserts for Palm Terrace.

Newport beach

Muttropolis Dog & Cat Boutique at the Fashion Island Mall offers a diverse variety of toys, treats, foods, collars, leashes and beds. Russo’s Pet Experience, allows hotel guests who are missing their pets at home, to take one of the pet store dogs out for a walk around the shopping center. And the mall itself is an open place to walk your dog to meet and greet.

Fashion Island
1133 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach,


Fairmont Newport Beach
The Fairmont combines European traditions with California flair. Amenities include large outdoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness facilities and more. Bambu Restaurant and Lounge serves California cuisine and cocktails. Small pets allowed. Pet fee is $25 per pet per night.

Best Western Newport Beach Inn
Best Western is located near Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza. The hotel is minutes away from Catalina Cruises, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach. Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor heated swimming pool, high speed Internet DSL and cable television. 100% smoke free. Pets under 20 pounds allowed. Pet fee $50.

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach allows one pet under 40 lbs. in each guest room, but larger pets may be accepted at the manager’s discretion. There is a nightly fee of $10 for the pet, plus a one-time cleaning fee of $75 per stay. All guests with pets must sign a pet waiver at check-in, and pets must not be left unattended in the room at any time. Pets are not allowed in any food and beverage outlets, pool or health club areas on property, and any disturbances, such as barking, must be stopped immediately so other guests are not disturbed. If the disturbance continues you will be asked to take your pet off the property.


Corona Del Mar State Beach
Iris Street and Ocean Blvd.
Corona Del Mar,
This is a popular beach for swimming, surfing and diving. The sandy beach is about a half mile long. Dogs are allowed on this beach during certain hours. They are allowed before 9am and after 5pm, year round. Pets must be on a 6 foot or less leash. Tickets will be issued if your dog is off leash.

Newport and Balboa Beaches
Balboa Blvd.
Newport Beach,
There are several smaller beaches which run along Balboa Blvd. Dogs are only allowed before 9am and after 5pm, year round. Pets must be on a 6 foot or less leash and people are required to clean up after their pets. Tickets will be issued if your dog is off leash. The beaches are located along Balboa Blvd and ample parking is located near the Balboa and Newport Piers.

Upper Newport Bay Regional Park
University Dr & Irvine Ave
Newport Beach,
This regional park borders the Newport Back Bay and consists of approximately 140 acres of open space. This coastal wetland is renowned as one of the finest bird watching sites in North America. During winter migration, there can be tens of thousands of birds at one time. It is also home to six rare or endangered bird species. The park has a 2-3 mile one-way paved path that is used by walkers, joggers and bicyclists. Additional dirt trails run along the hills. You can park at a variety of points along the road, but many people park at Irvine Ave and University Dr. Dogs must be leashed in the park.


Three Dog Bakery
924 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-3647

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ear to the chair… nose to the news…

my sweet Cici bug has her Dalmatian ear to the chair, nose to the news and pink polka dot belly to the wind… click on the slide show below (view all images) and enjoy…

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doggie treats with the drool factor…

Cici barks at me whenever she sees a bag of Dr. Harvey’s Power Patties, her favorite treat, made from fresh, raw green tripe. The patties are easily digestible, add beneficial Vitamins and Minerals, digestive enzymes and good usable protein and essential fatty acids to a dog’s diet. Tripe is considered one of the most complete foods for carnivores and are very popular in Europe.

cici could probably just eat Power Patties all day and nothing else… Cici’s Power Patty doggie dietthe treats for champions…




check out the Dr. Harvey’s blog

Cici’s picks for top 10 dog treats (with the drool factor)

1. Power Patties by Dr. Harvey’s

2. The chewy fragrant dog biscuits handcrafted by Executive Pastry Chef Michael Owens from the Island Hotel in Newport Beach

3. Moo free range Bully Sticks

4. Plato Free-Range Kangaroo Strips and Organic chicken strips from K9 cuisine (they are having a video contest you must enter, details below)

5. Le Dogue bites by Dr. Harvey’s (chicken)

6. turkey hot dogs

7. Wagatha’s Gourmet Organic treats (wheat free)

8. Smart Pak Real Toppers

9. Paul Newman veggie treats

10. plain old Pet Smart training treats

Barkotti’s are Dr. Harvey treats… but I have been putting them into her food as a supplement because they’ve got great ingredients and Cici is funny about her treats. She will gobble up treats or not eat them and it doesn’t seem to have to do whether they are good for her or not. Barkotti’s have all organic ingredients including organic oat flour, barley flour, honey, molasses, flaxseed oil, bee pollen, carrots, sweet potatoes, apple, zucchini, green beans, broccoli, beets, green peas, parsley, ginger, papaya, dandelion, fennel and fenugreek. These treats are crunchy and look just like regular biscotti’s for humans.

Cici’s favorite foods

1. Nature’s variety raw chicken medallions

2. Honest kitchen Thrive, Force, and Embark from K9 cuisine (they are having a video contest, you simply must enter, details here

3. Pet Promise, chicken, turkey,

4. Solid gold lamb and rice

5. Paul Newman organic chicken, turkey and rice

6. Natural Balance (limited)

7. California Natural chicken

8. Pet Chef Express chicken and rice

9. Evo

10. Merrick’s pet food

11. Organix

12. Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health (cook for eight minutes, add oil and protein) one of the things that we love about Dr. Harvey’s is that they use human ingredients for consumption by dogs (and cats).

Tips for the Canine Health:

feed it with raw or cooked meat mixed well…

If you cook the meat, pour the fat/juices over the Canine Health.

If you feed raw, mix it well in the food.

Kind of a mixed bag with the cooked foods (Honest Kitchen and Canine Health… Cici does not like to wait for her food to cook so I feed her a few treats in the meantime to get her over her gimme gimme food attitude… probably not the best solution… also gotta be careful preparing the food, I put the hot water into her ceramic bowl and almost dropped the whole thing and almost burnt my fingers…

Some interesting recipes….

Dr. Harvey’s Supplements Cici has been taking…

Health and Shine capsules consist of a combination of borage oil, certified organic flax seed oil, fish oil and natural vitamin E. These capsules improve the immune system, reduce inflammation, itching, and the risk of heart disease, support the digestive and reproductive system, as well as enhance a shiny coat.

COQ10 enhances cardiovascular health and immune system function in dogs.

Been putting two of each of the above in her morning meal. Feels good to give Cici some healthy food, treats and supplements. She does not seem to mind the capsules as long as they are mixed in with her food.

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girl dogs just wanna play with their toys…

Cici’s top picks for doggie toys

1. Bark Street Journal (part of the Arf dog gift package)

2. organic cotton 100% dye free earth friendly tug toy and wool ball (the plush dog bones look fun, too though they did not send cici any)…

3. Doggytug toys

4. swirly ball

5. frisbee

6. stuffed animal (bear)

7. Puppy passport also an Arf dog gift package toy)



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trail runner portable doggie bowls..

we are not camping out but decided to try out this portable, waterproof and lightweight bowl with a waterproof liner … great for hiking, biking and camping…


it works really well… I have given cici food and water and a combination of food and water and she gave it a workout but it stood up to her messy eating habits… it is leakproof and can be folded up easily to take with you wherever you go with your favorite pooch. Love the way it seems bottomless… you can put in a whole lotta food and/or water… PLUS they are eco friendly, are made from natural latex rubber, a renewable and sustainable source.

Ruff Wear collapsible bowls are perfect for traveling with your pooch to the beach, park, on the road …

Comes in three colors, we got red, but there is also blue or yellow… Ruff Wear’s super handy when you’re on the go. The Trail Runner easily tucks into your pocket for daily walks and exercising.

* Small size bowl
* 1680-Denier ballistic nylon shell
* Black nylon polyurethane-coated waterproof liner
* Leak-proof, spill-proof
* Compact, lightweight, collapsible

Model Opening Height Capacity
Trail Runner 5″ diameter 3″ 24 fl. oz

for dogs on the gooooo…


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warning: cocoa mulch…

Important info to tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don’t have a pet, please pass this to those who do.

Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog Calypso decided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn’t acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company’s website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey’s, and they claim that ‘It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won’t eat it.’

This Snopes site gives the following information:

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman’s Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores, contains a lethal ingredient called ‘ Theobromine’. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker’s chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.

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