Monthly Archives: September 2009

where’s my paw bucks?

where’s my pawbucks?

is my dog the cutest or what?

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south lake tahoe pet friendly

3 peaks resort in south lake tahoe

the logo for this resort is a st bernard in hawaiian shorts… this very dog friendly property is conveniently located across from a shopping center with grocery store (Raley’s) and near to the casinos. There is a private beach nearby where guests can go with their dogs on leash. The 3 peaks resort has cozy upscale rooms and suites, our suite #305 had parking right outside the front and back doors, a kitchenette, living room with gas fireplace, tub and shower, and bedroom and two tv’s.

there is grass all around the property as well as pet waste bags on site. dogs are allowed in the lobby and in the swimming pool area. There are four suites in the pool area that have enclosed patios. There is a wireless computer in the lobby as well as wireless in the room and suites. Check-in was very easy. there are various kinds of rooms from motel rooms (like cute log cabins) with two beds, fridge, coffeemaker, junior one bedroom suites and larger king two bedroom suites as well as a stand alone cabin. All 62 rooms are pet friendly.

the pet fee is $20 per pet pet night … pet amenities: treats (organic) in the lobby… as well as coffee and tea…

Lake Tahoe has a new 38,000 square foot, off-leash dog park in the Bijou Community Park. And when the pets are tuckered out, there are more than 20 pet-friendly lodging properties in the area.

A new dog-friendly beach is almost complete near Regan Beach. There isn’t a whole lot of details finalized at this point, but you’re able to see the buoys out there now. For more information about the beach: Kiva beach, located on the south end of town, is a popular dog-friendly beach.

Several outdoor restaurants will allow dogs in the warmer months, including Sprouts Natural Café and The Brewery.

Dog Dog Cat is a great pet store located near the Heavenly Village that has a lot of unique gifts for your 4 legged friends.

Fallen Leaf Lake and trails by Kirkwood/Hope Valley are also favorite places to take dogs.


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washing the dog green…

Vermont Soap Organics Pet Wash smells soooo yummy and is a safe, nontoxic and delicious way to make cici’s fur feel sooooo soft… can’t say that she likes baths any better but this definitely makes a HUGE difference to me, knowing that I can get her clean without harsh chemicals… and this pet wash also protects her against fleas and ticks !

this product has none of that fake synthetic smell, it is good for the planet and good for the dogs !

Cici’s light pink / white skin is very sensitive and the essential oils really work to clean her and get her smelling sooooo good… i have put some of the pet wash onto a wash cloth with warm water and soaped her down, this is the easiest way for me to wash her without too much balking.

Vermont Soap Organics Pet Shampoo is made from organic coconut, olive and jojoba oils, organic aloe vera, and a combination of natural and organic essential oils. Natural rosemary extract is the only preservative. This eco-friendly natural liquid soap product is extraordinarily mild, hypoallergenic, and free of petroleum or animal by-products. It meets all USDA Organic Food Standards. Their factory and products are certified by NOFA and Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF).

Vermont Soap Organics does not engage in harmful animal testing. They did however, wash a lot of pets after they came up with this formula.

The American Pet Products Manufacturer Association (APPMA) estimates that there are approximately 65 million dogs and 77.7 million cats in the U.S.

Synthetic detergents contain many ingredients which are toxic and harmful to our four legged friends. Instead, conscientious pet owners should use natural liquid soap products designed with your pets health and well-being in mind. Dogs should be bathed every month to remove accumulated toxins that can make them more susceptible to disease. However, excessive bathing, especially with improper cleaning products, may remove natural oils and dry out a pet’s skin and coat.

Many animals develop sensitivities to the detergent chemicals commonly used in pet shampoos today. Because no chemical detergents, synthetic fragrances, colors, or antimicrobial preservatives are used in Vermont Soap Organics Pet Shampoo, the possibility of sensitivity reactions is greatly reduced. The natural essential oil blend also helps to repel fleas and ticks without poisoning your pet.

Instructions: Using warm water, wet pet thoroughly. Apply Vermont Soap Organics Pet Shampoo from head to tail, gently massage deep into coat and skin. Rinse well with warm water.


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artists wanted

photos and original artwork for two ebooks, Pit Bulls Guide to Tolerance and K9 travel guide for California, would love to receive original and creative artwork and photos for the covers of these two ebooks, please send jpgs, hi-res, via email to author444 at yahoo dot com. Also fun and cute poses of pit bulls in a variety of poses (sleeping, snuggling, rolling in grass) would be great for possible inclusion in the pit bull guide. For example of a great cover, a photo of a dog superimposed upon a map of California or a California Highway (101 or route 66) would be great… great publicity for your art and photos ! please send by Oct. 15, 2009. Thanks !

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downtown Monterey…

if you want to stay at a hotel that is in walking distance to the beach and fisherman’s wharf, then the Portola Hotel & Spa may be the place for you. Our room was on the 5th floor and had a patio, a view of the ocean, and the room was very nice, with two beds, desk, and several chairs. there were chocolate chip cookies for me and some fruit in the room.

The hotel’s seventh floor is the only floor that offers guests all of the amenities, larger guestrooms, breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay, complimentary breakfast, wireless internet and more.

you have to pay $20 or $17 for parking (valet or self) or you can park for free on the street, a block away but have to move your car every two hours.

the spa services are extra, but you can use the swimming pool and jacuzzi…

the Portola Hotel & Spa currently is in the process of achieving the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification, and participates actively in several programs dedicated to conserving environmental resources.

there are several wine tasting rooms across the street from the downtown hotel, terranova and wine from the heart, the latter is pet friendly as long as your dog is well-behaved, and they offer boutique wines from the Monterey area. there are also several pet friendly shops in walking distance as well as the fisherman’s wharf, beach, restaurants, a movie theatre and maritime museum.

Del monte shopping center is five minutes away.

The hotel has recently become pet friendly and will be offering pet
amenities and a pet package that was not yet implemented while we were there. Apparently, you will be given pet amenities upon request…

# Pet Accessories on Request

* Pet Beds
* Leashes
* Water & Food Bowls

You can also request a special package such as whale watching or movie tour…



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Not your average Big Bear, boo boo


We stayed in the Sierra Madre log cabin, with a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and jacuzzi tub in bathroom. It is about five minutes from the lake. There is some grass to explore around the property and neighborhood. There are 10 rooms, one pet cabin. Breakfast was fresh fruit, melons and pineapple, fruit juices, baked goods and egg souffle with ham and potatoes. We sat outside, cici and I, with other guests from England and Canada. Cici enjoyed meeting dogs in the neighborhood as well as squirrels, chipmunks and other critters around the lake and property.

Pet amenities: two bowls, big bag of treats, toy, sheet and towel
Pet fee: $10 per pet per night, two pets maximum

Guests with pets have to sign pet policies waiver that says you will be charged $25 per piece of furniture if there is pet hair found plus $25 charge if dog waste is not picked up. And if there are missing items from the pet basket, there will be a $20 charge.


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cici is plum silly…

my cute dog’s face perusing the Bark Street Journal in her designer robe is now on author Janet Evanovich’s website… (Stephanie Plum anyone?)

Photo 442

and our blog and cici’s face has been highlighted on Travel Writers News…

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Doggie and me in LA…


This pet-friendly hotel is just 12 miles from LAX Airport. There are 160 spacious upscale and modern non-smoking guest rooms and suites, complimentary wireless Internet, an outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, fitness suite, Zen-inspired Spa, On Sunset Restaurant, and the Luxe Lounge. There is a lot of grass for pooches to explore around the property and a pet waste station near the tennis court.

The “Doggie & Me” Package includes luxury suite accommodations and In-room massages for guests and their four-legged loved ones. While you receive your massage, your doggie receives hers/his. Doggies love getting a relaxing massage to soothe the stress of driving and city life.

The Luxe Hotel Sunset Blvd. can accommodate dogs that are 50 pounds or less and requests that dogs be both pet and human friendly. The pet fee is $150 per stay.

Cici enjoyed chewing up the dog toy that she was given. Other pet amenities include treats and waste bags in a handy dandy small container.

There are 12 pet friendly suites and they are all on the upper floor for access to the grassy area…the Luxe Spa is also on this floor. Pets are not permitted in the restaurant or pool area of the hotel.

The hotel also offers four-legged friends their own dinner menus of beef and brown rice dinner or chicken and oats for $10 for 8 oz. and a snack menu of beefy banana bones and bites or beefy pumpkin bones and bites or Molly Paws for $15 for 24 pieces in a bag…

Soon, the Luxe may offer pooch pawties with Shazdehs Party Planning (for pampered Poochies)…

do check out the staff’s pooches (photos below of Seth Horowitz, General Manager of the Luxe and Zoey and Margit Haut, Director of Sales & Marketing and Daisy)

yes, it definitely is a dog’s life…

dog friendly parks:

Barrington Park on Barrington Avenue in Brentwood (half a mile from the hotel) features a fenced, off leash area


Will Rogers Historic Park in Pacific Palisades permits leashed dogs in the park and on trails for $1 per dog and is five miles west of the hotel along Sunset Blvd.




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an enchanting European inn…

while the fires are burning in southern California we are praying for rain and containment. we are also very busy working on our dog travel guide so that you can buy some in time for Christmas… the format below is straight from the travel guide which will have info listed on this blog PLUS many extras including expanded tips, resources, articles and much more… If you would like to purchase an advance copy of this ebook version, email me at author444 at …

We spent National Dog Day and a few days at this peaceful inn. In walking distance to the Lake Arrowhead Village, this quaint inn has five cozy suites, with overhead fans for summer and fireplaces for winter. There is a hot tub out back and various places to walk the dog. Lots of critters outside including chipmunks, raccoons, squirrels, and an on-site cat. We stayed in the Alpine suite, which had a tv, and a tiny patio, through a door and outside our suite there is a large patio, too.

There is free internet access, no pet amenities per se except that cici got some ham, a ham bone, as well as some ribs from Isabelle, the manager and Ross, the owner. Real dog lovers, Isabelle also treated Cici to a run across the street and a swim a few times. You can relax and unwind with the slower pace of life. Weddings on property for up to 100 people. There are also four vacation rental houses within five minutes for overflow guests. And there is a beach across the street to go swimming.

address (285 Highway 173, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-2849)
pet amenities: no
Rates: $89+ pet fee: $25 per pet per night
Tel: 909-337-8178
no breakfast with reduced rates
on site dog: no but there is a cat
Dogitude Rating: 3.5 Bones


the multi-tiered arrowhead village, with grocery store, post office, banks, and shops is in walking distance of the fleur de lac…

Pet stores where dogs rule and drool

three dog bakery in the Lake Arrowhead Shopping Center (lower village)
cici had carrot cake and treats

Tommy’s pet studio in nearby Blue Jay (l miles from Lake Arrowhead Village)

Pet friendly wineries

Vino 100 in the Lake Arrowhead Shopping Center (lower village)

Dine together

on the patio at Fleur de Lac


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winner of the shaggy dog tales contest

As you know, we had a shaggy dog tales contest, with the deadline August 31. I had asked for heartwarming or funny dog travel tales 1200 words and/or photos and poems…

the winner of the funniest dog travel story is : Sharon Sakson, Author of Paws & Effect: The Healing Power of Dogs …

a tale of a whippet gone soggy by Sharon Sakson

I was taking my Whippet with me to a reading at a bookstore in Westchester in New York state. We got onto the turnpike near Princeton, where I live, and took a ticket for the toll. We drove the 50 miles north towards New York, me switching radio stations to find rock and roll, Abby lying quietly in the passenger seat.

As we approached exit 18, I began to search for my toll ticket. I usually put it in the ashtray, but it wasn’t there. must have fallen down between the seats. Frantically, I stuck my hand under my seat and then the passenger seat. Abby sat up to watch what I was doing. Now, my window was down and I rolled up to the ticket taker. I said, “I can’t find my ticket!”

The woman was looking right at Abby. I stuck my hand beneath Abby’s muzzle, and she spit out a well-chewed ball of cardboard. I turned to the woman and offered the spit ball to her. “This is it.”

She charged me the rate for the entire turnpike route, $9.05. She wouldn’t believe me that if she unrolled the spit ball, it would have “Exit 8” written on it, which would cost $5.

Now, I put my toll tickets in the sun visor above my head.


Now, it’s CeliaSue and frankly, I was disappointed in the response to the contest. I was surprised that many of the entries were inappropriate and did not follow the guidelines… Instead of what I asked for, I received press releases about pet sitters and dog shows, links to blog posts as well as a chapter to a book, an invitation to call someone and info about a fake dog traveling the world …

There are many contests out there as well as writer’s guidelines. When publishers, agents and/or contest bloggers ask people to follow specific guidelines, they have reasons. If a person does not follow directions and instructions, they are not going to win the contest.

FYI, I did interview the traveling stuffed animal, because it was cute, similar to Flat Stanley… and told the owner that she would not be entered in the contest because I wanted dog travel tales about real dogs…

the entry above tells a funny dog tale, the story has a beginning a middle and an end plus every dog owner can relate… and the story follows my guidelines.

I was hoping for a whole bunch of great photos, poems and heartwarming tales… so that there could be more than one winner, I had thought there would be a few winners… one for funny one for heartwarming one for poem and one for photos… instead, there is one winner…

Congratulations, Sharon !!!

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