Monthly Archives: July 2010

travels with charley dog travel contest

In honor of John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley,” the National Steinbeck Center wants to hear dog travel stories by 5 p.m. on July 31, no longer than 300 words and must contain the entrant’s first and last name, e-mail address and phone number. The winner is announced August 7 at the Charley Dog Look-Alike Contest.

sorry for the very very very short notice, just got the info…

Their address is:
National Steinbeck Center
1 Main Street
Salinas, CA
Phone: (831) 775-4724

John Steinbeck wrote:

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”

Steinbeck himself drove from Maine to California in an elaborately outfitted vehicle with his dog; their journey is recounted in the book Travels with Charley. Not every dog lover can have a mega-van built for travels with his or her canine companion, but an increasing number of vacation spots are geared towards people who want to take dog-inclusive trips.

In honor of John Steinbeck’s Travel with Charley, The National Steinbeck Center Executive Director Colleen Bailey invites you to write an essay about your favorite journey with your dog. The essay must be focused on traveling with your dog. There will be two categories for essay: one winner for the best domestic travel story and the second winner will be for the best international travel story. You can submit photos of you and your pet form the journey with the essay. Winners will receive a $100 PetCo gift certificate and a membership to the National Steinbeck Center .

Essay contest rules:

  • Contest dates: from July 1st – July 31st.
  • Essays cannot exceed 300 words.
  • Essays will be judged on the most Steinbeckian journey.
  • Essays are judged by a local journalist and dog enthusiasts.
  • Essays are due via email no later than 5:00 p.m. on July 31st, 2010.
  • Winners will be announced during the National Steinbeck Center Festival Travels with Charley Dog Look-Alike Contest on Saturday, August 7th between 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Need not be present to win.
  • All essays must be submitted with first name, last name, email address and phone number.

Please send all essays to Marci Bracco at no later then July 31st.

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girls just wanna chase lizards…

and cats…

but the cats have been outsmarting the cici dog… good for them…  cici goes to the same spot every day where she has spotted a cat i guess thinking that they will be there again, but of course the cats know better than hang out there…

cici looks hysterically funny jumping into the bushes, all you can see is her wiggly butt and tail wagging sticking out, as she sticks her nose into see the lizzies flurry about…

so many photo ops so little time…

we also had a visitor frog, cici sniffed at it and walked right on by, i guess because it didn’t run away, did eventually hop but cici was already in the car… would she have hopped after the frog???

Dogs love to chase things that move, be it a tennis ball, frisbee, cat, kid, shadow, rabbit, cat, squirrel, whatever, it seems to be the number one priority, besides eating, of course.


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my dog ate what?

should you or do you feed your dog raw soup bones (the marrow)???  well, sometimes I do… however, this past week cici had one and ate the whole thing… it was frozen, she ate it over a few hours, and it was large… a few hours later, she was panting and just plain acting weird, finally, she threw up a few times, and by about midnight, she finally stopped panting and came to bed… the next few days she had the runs (diarrhea)… I fed her lightly and was quite concerned that she might have swallowed a big chunk that might have gotten caught and clogged up her intestines… the vet said she would have to have x-rays ($100) and possibly exploratory surgery (thousands)… so if I EVER give her a raw bone again, it will be MUCH Smaller… and I will monitor her more often… I was watching her but was surprised when the whole thing was GONE…

The other night watched a show on National Geographic about stuff that dogs eat… and usually had to have surgery for because it threatened their life/health… $800 in $20 bills (the dog was able to throw those up like a doggie ATM), a huge spoon, a clothes hanger, fish hooks, thong underwear and other crazy things…

what’s the weirdest thing that your dog has ever eaten???


Filed under belly rubs, bones, dog crazy, dog treats, dogs

happy 4th!

While celebrations are fun, when you have pets you have to be careful and keep fire and fireworks away from your animals. Barbecuing outside is great, lots of hot dogs and hamburgers, but don’t ruin your holiday by hurting your curious furry friends who may not realize that grill is hot hot hot for their furry paws.

Also, fireworks can be hazardous to your pets. Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC and the associate director of Veterinary Services at the Pet Poison Helpline, wants pet owners to be aware of the potential dangers of fireworks. “Pets are curious and will get into trouble if left unattended around fireworks,” said Lee.

How Fireworks Can Harm Your Pet:

  • Most fireworks are toxic to pets. They contain hazardous chemicals such as potassium nitrate, which is an oxidizing agent. They can also contain charcoal or sulfur and coloring agents, which are potentially dangerous heavy metals.
  • When ingested, pets can develop gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, a painful abdomen, and bloody diarrhea. The severity of pet health issues resulting from ingestion will depend on the type of fireworks and the amount that was ingested.
  • Pets ingesting large amounts can suffer tremors or seizures, along with acute kidney failure, bone marrow changes, shallow breathing and jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin.
  • Exposure to lit fireworks can result in burns to the nose, face, lips, or inside of the mouth, as well as eye irritation and conjunctivitis.
  • Noise factors: If addition to the poisonous hazards associated with fireworks, many pets are frightened by the loud noises they make. Fireworks can cause anxiety to those pets that are noise-shy. Dr. Lee states, “If your pets are gun-shy, thunderstorm phobic or noise-shy, consider talking to your veterinarian about anti-anxiety drugs or sedatives that can help them relax during fireworks.”

Simply keeping your pets out of the reach of fireworks will prevent them from being poisoned this 4th of July. Keep pets a safe distance away by securing them on a leash or in the house during firework displays.  If your pet ingests fireworks this 4th of July and is suffering, do not induce vomiting. Immediately seek help by calling your veterinarian, emergency veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680.

About the Pet Poison Helpline

Pet Poison Helpline is a service available 24 hours, seven days a week for pet owners, veterinarians and veterinary technicians that require assistance treating a potentially poisoned pet. Staff can provide treatment advice for poisoning cases of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, large animals and exotic species. As the most cost-effective option for animal poison control care, Pet Poison Helpline’s fee of $35 per incident includes follow-up consultation for the duration of the poison case. Pet Poison Helpline is available in North America by calling 800-213-6680. Additional information can be found online at

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