Monthly Archives: January 2012

boost your pooch

Every dog needs a pick me up so why not get a Free sample of VitaShot, a daily vitamin boost for your dog.  A woof-o-licious pack goes to the first 100 sample testers.

Looks like yummy ingredients cranberries and more.

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They’re trying salmon oil—the purest source of Omega 3s—in the VitaShot Daily Vitamin Boost for Dogs formulas, and they’re looking for doggie volunteers who’d like to try it out!

Samples are free, pooch guardians pay for shipping only (real ship cost, no hidden markups).

Click here to go to the product page to learn more about what goes into VitaShot. Some of the ingredients may have changed (they only get better). If it’s a concern for you, just ask and they’ll send you the most recent details.

If you’re interested, please drop a line:

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Florida vacations for dogs, is a website which offers consumers the opportunity to bid on Florida vacation product offerings (hotels, resorts, vacation homes, attractions, etc. throughout the state).They offer a special “Pet Friendly” section where consumers can go to either place a bid on a pet friendly hotel and save as much as 80% off rack rates OR they can use the “Buy Direct” option and still save as much as 20%.

As a dog lover himself, Founder and Chief Executive felt it was important to offer this option to consumers.  “I travel frequently with my dogs and I know that having a single resource where people can find pet-friendly accommodations in Florida would be a huge benefit to families.”

A sampling of current and upcoming pet friendly accommodations available through include:

Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Coconut Grove, Florida – starting bid of $290 for a 5 day/4 night stay.

The Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club in Palm Beach – current winning bid of $135 for 3 days/2 nights.

Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld – current winning bid of $75 for 3 days/2 nights.

Clarion Resort Hotel & Water Park in Kissimmee, Florida – starting bid of $55 for 3 days/2 night.

For additional information about pet friendly accommodations in Florida, visit and click on the “pet friendly” button in the right hand column.  There is no cost to become a member of the site or to place a bid.

ABOUT FLORIDAVACATIONAUCTION.COM, the official auction partner of VISIT FLORIDA, is a website which offers consumers the opportunity to bid on Florida vacation product offerings (hotels, resorts, vacation homes, attractions, etc. throughout the state) at a savings of as much as 80% off rack rate.  The site also offers a “Buy Direct” option, which offers flash-sale type savings at 20% or more off retail without having to participate in the auction. For additional information, visit or call 239-333-4444.

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Tornado survivor dogs in Alabama

Friends, on the show Pit Bulls and Parolees last night, they showed how tornadoes devastated and killed people and dogs in Tuscaloosa, AL… A dog rescue there, K9 Camp, lost 22 dogs (out of 50+)…  they are in the process of rebuilding the buildings they had, and dogs and humans are now living out of tents…

for me personally, watching the episode, it was intense. One family lost EVERYTHING except each other and they had already been through a lot personally.

They need a lot of assistance… donations of food, treats, leashes, dog bones, crates, kennels, building supplies and cash are welcome and volunteers to help them rebuild.  Please do what you can to help, and please let others in your network know too.  here’s info.
Tuscaloos K9 Camp
366 Willcutt Rd.
Berry, AL. 35546
or/Sophia (volunteer coordinator) 425-985-3689

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Confessions of a Knee Jerk

this thurs. i took cici to the vet… she has been hopping for two weeks now.  i was hoping that he’d tell me it was nothing to worry about…  just a little strain or something.

i was wrong.

people have called me a knee jerk liberal, baby boomer, hippie and God knows what else, but now I guess I am not alone in my knee jerk reaction (sorry, for the bad jokes)…

Cici tore a ligament and will need surgery.  She also has arthritis. I asked if she could have caught my arthritis and he said no. she is still young, only five and a half. I thought that dogs don’t get conditions like this until they are 12+ when they are seniors.  Wrong again.

it is not related to the car accident/surgeries she had 4 years ago. Her femur bone has healed beautifully he said.

been crying for two days. upset because I thought she needed more exercise and I’ve been making her situation worse.  plus letting her hop up and down onto chairs and the bed. i now have her confined with a tether and she has a cushion on the floor to lie upon. no more hopping.  take her to our park twice a day but no more long walks.

So now I really feel like a knee jerk…

apparently, this happens mostly to larger dogs and is very common.

it is called cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) damage or rupture.

Types of surgery

Tibial Plateau leveling Osteotomy (TPLO); Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA); extracapsular stabilization; and the tight rope procedure

It is reported that dogs who experience a CCL injury in one stifle have a 50% chance of tearing the CCL ligament in their other knee.


What is currently known is that all breeds are susceptible. Specifically, the incidence of cranial cruciate ligament disease increases for rottweilers and Labrador retrievers younger than four years of age, dogs older than five years of age, and in large-breed dogs from one to two years of age. The predominant gender this affects is the spayed female.

The causes for cranial cruciate ligament disease are most frequently caused by repetitive micro-injury to the cranial cruciate ligament, that is, putting pressure on the ligament in the same way, repeatedly. This action causes slight stretching of the ligament each time, altering the structure, and eventually causing the ligament to tear.

Some of the incidents which may bring about deterioration of the cruciate are injury to the stifle joint; a history of athletics, where repetitive movement can cause stress to the ligaments; a specific traumatic event, as from jumping badly, or any accident that causes the ligament to tear; a knee injury, such as dislocation of the kneecap (medically referred to as patellar luxation).

cost of surgery is quite expensive… and do not know how I will be able to pay for it.

most pet insurance exclusions are like this…

During the first 12 calendar months in which your policy is in effect, no coverage will be extended for the diagnosis, medical management, or surgical correction of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) damage or rupture. During the first six calendar months in which your policy is in effect, no coverage will be extended for the diagnosis, medical management, or surgical correction of intervertebral disc(s), regardless of the procuring cause.

alternative treatments…

this article has an amazing plethora of info on alternative supplements for arthritis

A good arthritis supplement

an expensive brace (about $500)

info about various ways to deal without having surgery

my plan/protocol is this:

keep her real quiet for 4-8 weeks and confined

give her the joint aid (just ordered it) plus am giving her:


  • Brain and cognitive function
  • Eye and retinal health
  • Heart and vascular health
  • Immune system function
  • inflammation management
  • Cell division and growth
  • Skin and coat health
  • Movement and flexibility
  • Central nervous system function

wild alaskan salmon oil (just ordered) for the Omega 3’s

may or may not give her yucca stalk by nature’s way, there are mixed reviews

the above is based upon what was said on the conservative management site…(below)

Weight Management … despite her being a cookie monster, this is not a factor for Cici. her weight has been maintained at 53 pounds for a few years now…

Inflammation – We started with Rimadyl and Omega 3 Fish Oil (1000 mg capsules, twice per day). After 1 month of the Rimadyl I transitioned to Yucca Intensive, and give 9-10 drops diluted in food.

Joint Support – Glucosamine and Chondrointin supplements are good to support joint health in any dog.

Rest – Make sure your dog stays in a confined area without distraction. Carpets are preferable, avoid steps, jumping, running or rough play during this time. Toys such as frozen kongs filled with peanut butter or bully sticks are a good way to help them alleviate boredom.

Controlled Exercise – Take a few, short, leash walks per day under controlled conditions to ensure your dog maintains muscle, and to also encourage the growth of scar tissue around the injured ligament.

Pay Attention to Your Dog – Your best friend will tell you how they’re doing. Go at their pace, and avoid doing too much, too soon!

no more hopping for Cici…


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love your dog… Valentine’s Day gifts

According to a survey conducted by the the National Retail Federation,  American pet parents will spend $367 million on Valentine’s gifts for their companion animals.  Whether you do not have a date, are obsessed with your dog or just do not want to leave them out of the fun activities, Valentine’s Day is a great day to show your pooch some extra love and pampering.

You might want to take your dog out for a night on the town, for a fun romantic dinner, visit the local Yappy Hour, get a pet portrait or professional photo done, or have an all girl’s extra special spaw day, where you give your dog a massage and aromatherapy treatment.

To help with the massage, you might consider:

The Hand-Held Massager from Silver Tails features two massage heads with smooth, raised “knuckles” to soothe joints and muscles. The handle can be adjusted to fit any sized hand. The massager is lightweight and is compact enough to fit in a pocket.

The Silver Tails Hand-Held Massager is available from Amazon, Petco, and other national retailers and costs $7 – $8.

You can also go the traditional route of flowers, wine and chocolate for your pooch.

Here are a few more ideas …

Old mother hubbard heart treats… wheat free PB Hearts™ are oven-baked with Peanut Butter and Oatmeal making them a fun natural snack bursting with flavor.

Below is a brief list of ‘pet friendly’ flowers and plants:

  • Common Name | Scientific name
  • African daisy | Arctotis stoechadifolia
  • African violet | Saintpaulia spp.
  • Alyssum | Allysum spp.
  • Bachelors buttons | Centaureaa cyanus
  • Begonia | Begonia spp.
  • Celosia | Celosia spp.
  • Common Snapdragon | Antirrhinum majus
  • Easter Daisy | Townsendia sevicea
  • Orchids | Barbrodia, Sophronitis, etc.
  • Peruvian lily, Brazilian lily | Alstroemeria spp.
  • Rose | Rosa spp.

~Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, DVM, PhD, DABVT, DABT
Vice President and Medical Director
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center

Pinot Leasheo

When the occasion calls for Pinot Grigio, the furry members of the family can enjoy Pinot Leasheo. The Bark Vineyards Pinot Leasheo is a perfectly balanced marriage of flavors that will appeal to the most discriminating tastes. An anticipated, unique treat which to conclude any day. It might also be an enticing appetizer.


Water, dehydrated chicken broth, potato flakes, dehydrated carrot, lactic acid, xanthan gum, dehydrated parsley, garlic powder, dehydrated oregano

a whine that has gone to the dogs… and comes with a licker license… A gourmet treat experience. Pour evenly over a meal, step back as your beloved furry friend savors the delicious bouquet and unique flavors.

Carob dipped doggie treats…

Homemade Sweetheart PB Carob Treats


1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup milk
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup carob chips


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Beat eggs with peanut butter, then add milk and combine well.

3. In separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, and baking powder.

4. Combine the dry mixture with the peanut butter mixture. Mix well.

5. Stir in carob chips ( safe, non-toxic alternative to chocolate)

6. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto lightly greased cookie sheet, leaving about 1″ in between cookies.

7. Bake with love for 20 to 25 minutes, or until biscuits look just barely “dry” in the middle and are baked through. Do not overbake! The biscuits will naturally harden as they cool.

8. Before you & your dog take a nibble let treats cool down before removing from cookie sheet.

9. Once cooled. Ready, Set, devour!


Time for our weekly Pet Blog Hop thanks to Life with Dogs,Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  Grab the code and hop away


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Lucky dogs

am now blogging with Pet Pardons, too… check it out… They have 400,000+ Facebook fans… and I just reached 300,000 views right here at Have Dog Blog Will Travel… milestones…

Pet Pardons is a group of folks from Canada that help in the rescue of pets in shelters. They want to give pets in shelters a better chance at being Adopted. And they want there to be No More Homeless Pets by 2015. They want to educate people about the plight of America’s pets.

They created a Facebook app which enables anyone to post pets from shelters, and then enables others to share them on their walls with the click of a button, the Advocate button. You can install & view the app at

Pet Pardons Co-Founder Ashley Owen Hill takes in the pups of Mississippi that nobody else wants, including pit bulls through Lucky Dogs Rescue. Chris Hoar is Co-Founder of Pet Pardons and lives in San Diego.

Ashley and her dog Rudy.  Read Rudy’s story at her blog. Bring the tissues.

here are three of my blog posts at Pet Pardons, there will be more to come…

a funny look at dog breeds, tiptoe thru the breeds, Doggies Home Alone… another article by yours truly  Home Sweet New Home…

Cici’s happy as a polka dot princess can be at becoming an international star… LOL…

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