Monthly Archives: June 2009

Hollywood western, calling all dogs…

stayed at the blackberry inn, near raven lane, off highway one, on the way to the town of mendocino, the whole inn looks like a Hollywood western movie set, with a Land office, General Store, Saloon, Bank, Sheriff, Blacksmith and Milliner store, really quaint and adorable, not at all like a motel… much more like a b and b, very peaceful and quiet, with a landscape filled with flowers and grassy areas large enough for Cici to play on.

Our room was the General Store with a fireplace, ocean view, color tv, fridge, microwave, king sized bed, two nice chairs, a writing desk, basket filled with fresh fruit (apple, banana, orange, and kiwi), a cookie (delish), popcorn and two muffins, plus two chocolate kisses and a big dog treat. there are two pet rooms, the other one has two queen beds, and there is $10 pet fee.

the town of mendo seems to have new stores, we found a bookstore with a few dogs inside, cici got attacked by a little dog and showed off her belly, did her floor show several times, got a biscuit for her efforts, and we had a lovely day just checking out the stores.


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take your dog to work day tomorrow, june 26

According to Cesar Millan, the Dog whisperer:

I love the idea of dog-friendly workplaces and thrilled that some companies are beginning to experiment with it. According to Pet Sitters of America, creators and sponsors of National Take Your Dog to Work Day, studies show that pet-friendly workplaces boost employee morale, raise productivity, and even keep employees from rushing home from work to take care of their pets. Here are my thoughts about making a happy workplace for both you – and your dog – to enjoy.

First, dogs that are brought to the office should have a vigorous morning walk. I recommend at least 30-45 minutes. This way the dogs will be at a lower-energy or resting mode.

Second, everybody has to agree to a pack leader environment, so the dogs see the workplace is controlled by humans. For example, if a dog misbehaves and the owner isn’t there to discipline him, another employee should step in and remind the dog of the rules, boundaries, and limitations.

Third, set the rules for when co-workers want to approach the dogs. They should not touch, talk, or make eye contact until the dogs are in a calm-submissive state.

Fourth, owners should be in control of the dog at all times.

During breaks, try to walk the dogs as a pack. It doesn’t have to be a long walk, but instead of using the time to simply let the dogs smell all the new things around them, you should walk in a migrating mode, bonding as a pack.

Here’s what Bamboo Pet Products and I say:

1. Bring doggie snacks and food for breaks (lunch) and bowls, toys, and other items for your pooch …. such as a bed or blanket for them to be on…

Pets need basic items such blankets, beds and bowls for traveling. Innovative travel products such as Bamboo Pet Product’s Silicone Travel Bowls fold up to be easily carried in your car or back pocket.

2. Stay hydrated: Dogs often get anxious when traveling to unknown places. Be sure to keep your pet refreshed by keeping a full bowl of fresh water set up in your office.

3. Take frequent bathroom breaks: This will help to ensure your pet has no accidents in the work place. However, be prepared if one should happen. Carry Disposable Waste Bags to pick up any mess and eliminate odors. You should also carry anti-bacterial wipes to cleanse any accidents areas.

4. Keep treats on your desk: This allows you to reward your dog for good behavior, while also allowing your co-workers to offer a treat upon meeting your pet. One that will generate chuckles – DogToids™ – a flavorful breath mint for your dog that comes in a stylish tin.

5. Assign projects for your pet: Interactive toys and hiding treats around your office will help stimulate your pet’s mind, thus keeping them occupied and allowing you to complete your daily work assignments. Toys that house treats, such as Kong, offer hours of entertainment for your pets.

cici hard at work:

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dog manners… does your dog leave chewing gum on the bedpost overnight?

do dogs have manners or strange manners? us humans have different manners…

for instance, recently cici insisted that I walk her far from our campsite so that she could fart 3-4 times one evening when it was pitch black outside, (appreciated that in a way) yet she enjoys sleeping with her face in my face, breathing on me and does not mind licking my face directly after licking her tush… and then there are the polka dot kisses in my soup… lick lick… ugh, don’t lick my food, dog, and yes, that is cici doing licky by’s, she loves to lick people and strangers feet… do I really want my girl to lick people’s feet? most people don’t mind… but I do…

isn’t it enough that they sniff one another’s butts why must they chew on each other’s paws while playing?

does your dog have weird manners? best and worst manners wins…

better yet, do you have a photo of your dog’s manners?

and since we’re talking silly dog manners, thanks to Joan Stewart Publicity Hound for this joke…

If a fire hydrant has H2O inside, what does it have outside?
Answer: K9P

and what is your favorite excuse for your dog’s manners (or lack thereof)?


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dog a little deeper…

I was going to write dig a little deeper but hey the computer made it funnier… i was also going to say high hoe high hoe for this post…

anyway, cici woke me up this morning by chasing a cat up a tree, she was 1/4 of the way up the tree but the kitty was way up there, yay, kitty, boo cici… at least I caught her in the act this time, and was able to reprimand her, any thoughts on how to socialize her with cats?

but onto the main topic of this blog post, through a series of happenstances and coincidences, I dug deeper into this community and found some hidden treasures…

first, I saw Alice Waters on TV, she is a great chef and cookbook author and she is helping schools create edible schoolyards to help kids learn about where food comes from and do hands on digging and harvesting food…

and then I found the Bountful Gardens seed company where cici got to play with a dog, and went to Dirt Cheap and another nursery, and found out about the Noyo Food Forest, a project at the Fort Bragg high school… There are also several community gardens and farmers markets (3:30 on Thursday in Fort Bragg and 12 noon to 2 pm in Mendo on Fridays).

The Noyo Food Forest has been operating for three summers now and grows food for the school cafeteria. It all started with a grassy field and through grants and fundraising and the determined efforts of Sakina Bush, the Garden Manager, who was a hobby gardener and high school teacher for 20 years, inspired by Bioneers, with the help of many volunteers (kids and adults) generally 6-8 people volunteer and there are six summer interns every Friday from 1-5 pm… last year they harvested 1,800 pounds of food.

and the Gardens Projects provides the real dirt a number of organizations in the Mendocino county area who host community gardens and garden projects… they even list grants that are available for kids and schools to create gardens…

Got Kids and wanna do a fun school garden project? Get a Grant ! If you need a professional writer (who has written grants for nonprofits and wrote Head Start Region IX’s newsletters for four years) to help you write grants for your edible school gardens, give me a jingle jangle tweet, email or phone call…

Moving down the road a wee bit, we visited Lavendar Day at the Botanical Gardens, a fundraising effort put on by the Friends of the Garden (FOG)… 47 acres to the Sea… and lavendar wands, potpourri, lavender bouquets, sachets, and lavendar galore…

this dog is not cici but sure does look like her, FYI, dogs are allowed at the Botanical gardens and LOVE all of the interesting smells and sniffs and plants to explore…


Backyard Habitats and Edible Gardens Galore…

love that lavendar smell… and want to grow your OWN edible garden? Am putting together starter kits (10 fruit trees, 20 veggie, flower and herb seeds, soil and 100 hours of labor and voila, cici and I will dig in the dirt for you !!! 🙂

Check out:,

feed the hungry children, tell congress and start a school, home and community garden

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California inns wanted for girlfriend getaways…

Girlfriends just want to spa, shop, kick back and relax, swim, and catch up with one another.

Do you have an inn/resort/ranch in northern California I can visit and write about? (and bring my dog)…

do you also have a tree house, yurt, boat house or other unusual inn?

please let me know asap… thanks !


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a boathouse built for two…

howard creek ranch’s pet friendliest room is a romantic boat house for two plus canine… It is small and cosy with a full bed, fireplace, coffeemaker, microwave, couch, and table with lamps… the bathroom is up a couple of steps, with a water closet like they have in europe/england, and a shower a few steps away… there is a door outside and a creek with lots of privacy and serenity, and green leaves from the trees and birds singing… perfect for a romantic getaway …

a few steps away is the barn with several rooms including the solar room and the captain’s view, nice and spacious, some views of the ocean and meadow, in between is the parlor area where you can play chess, get on the internet, and / or enjoy card games. there is also the willow room which is currently being renovated and the walden room and the cozy blue balcony room with a sunroof.

Cheryl has a new chi puppy named yoda, six months old now sometimes on property, what a cutie… gave cici a run for her money…


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pet friendliest motel in fort bragg

cici played with a little mini schnauzer in the fun pet run behind the surf motel and gardens… the area is entirely fenced and there are dog waste bags and a trash can outside. the two year old mini had not played with other dogs before and was not sure what to expect, cici showed off her belly and ran away to show she was not a threat and the little mini yapped a bit… and ran over and sniffed her butt and they were cool, new pals…

the surf motel and gardens has 54 rooms and 17 are pet friendly, some smoking and some non-smoking rooms in the mix… Pet Fee (per night, per pet): $10-$15.

cici and i agree this is the #1 pet friendliest motel in fort bragg… with the dog run in the back and lots of grassy area to sniff and explore…

the motel is owned by a couple from Fiji, with a 6 year old boy… they were going to Monterey Bay Aquarium to celebrate his birthday…

there is also a fish cleaning area for fishermen and a BBQ area to grill hot dogs and hamburgers… and tables to eat and picnic plus there are beautiful flower gardens all around the property.

breakfast was danish, several kinds of fresh fruit (bananas, apples, nectarines) and hot water, coffee, and teas

#155, the room we stayed at was a king, with microwave, coffeemaker, fridge, free wireless internet, tv and a table …



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