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Hoppy New Year

The year 2015 is leaving and 2016 is arriving. Hopefully, it will be filled with lots of fun, good fortune, health, wealth and happiness.


For the millions of pet owners and their furry friends who like to bring their dogs with them, you may not know that there are places and stores you may not have considered where you can bring them with you. You do not have to be limited to campgrounds, pet stores, dog parks and hiking trails and beaches.  Expand your horizons and see life from a doggie’s perspective.

Dogs are welcome in many of the places listed below. Just be sure that your doggie is on leash, friendly and well-behaved and you would be amazed to find out how many storekeepers, malls and retail shops will be happy you brought Fido along with you. Faces light up and often times, when they see Cici, they ask if they can pet her, smile, laugh and/or confide that they are missing their dog at home or the one that they just had to put down.





Do It YourSelf Home Improvement Stores

Think Lowe’s, Home Depot, Orchard Supply, Ace Hardware, Tractor Supplies and other such places. Cici and I enjoy getting a scooter cart (in the places that offer them), and while I ride the cart, Cici trots along next to me, getting exercise, attention, and sometimes treats, too. We call it our Zoom, Zoom time. She loves it !


Office Supply Stores

Office Depot, Staples, and other such stores often allow dogs to sniff around as long as they are well-behaved, on leash, and quiet. On occasion, I have sat on their furniture, used their Wifi while Cici sat at my feet, under a desk, and no one asked us to leave. Salespeople might want to know if you are interested in any of their products and if they can help you with anything. But for the most part, we were just fine.We did not spend too much time, maybe half an hour at most.



Cici got so used to getting treats in Oregon at banks (and Carmel), that she thought that they were treat stores. The banks elsewhere were not as welcoming. Just depends upon the branch and bank, I guess. U.S. Bank branches have been very pet friendly. Wells Fargo was iffy. Bank of America? Chase? Check it out. Your pooch loves to be wherever you go and if they can sniff out some extra cash then why not.



We have reviewed numerous pet friendly wineries in various towns such as our very favorite Navarro’s up Highway 128 going to Mendocino and some in Sonoma, Napa and other wine country towns. Some wineries have winery dogs on site and others do not mind if you bring Fido along. They even offer treats and lots of attention.


Camping Equipment stores

Big Five, REI, and other stores are usually happy to have a friendly pooch visit the store while you check out camping equipment such as tents, sleeping bags, camping chairs and portable outdoor showers and potties.


Department Stores

Macy’s is one of our favorite stores to visit in the Monterey area, at Del Monte Shopping Center, a big mall. The entire mall is very pet friendly. And there are many malls filled with stores that are pet friendly. Some malls are not open to furry visitors. This list are places that we have also found to be pet friendly:  art stores like Michael’s, Aaron Brothers, computer and electronic stores such as Apple, Mac Superstores, Radio Shack, clothing stores such as Marshall’s, Nordstrom’s, Kohl’s, shoe stores (Cici’s favorite), and linens and bath stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond, The Body Shop, Brookstone. If in doubt, Call first.


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Car Dealerships and Tire Stores

One of the places that Cici has enjoyed treats and attention and water has been at the car dealership. We have spent time in the air conditioning on hot days as well as asked a lot of questions about our car to while our car was being worked on, the service area time seemed to go a lot faster with Cici with me. We find out how things work, how to fix the car and found out about new models. As long as we were well behaved and did not overstay our welcome, everyone enjoyed the canine attention.


Hair Salons

I was surprised when the lady at the hair salon told me that Cici could come inside the store while I got my haircut. I think it was SuperCuts, Great Clips, or Fantastic Sam’s, one of those chains. Your local hairdresser may or may not welcome Fido, just ask to see if it is possible.


Baseball, Softball and other Games

Hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks, right. Baseball is one of America’s favorite activity in the summer. Whether it is a stadium where your favorite teams are playing soccer, basketball or the local children’s Little League or high school games, Fido can feel right at home and root/woof for their favorites, too.


Drive-in Movies

You can always watch your favorite movies on TV at home. And there are some rare places with drive-ins where you can watch usually older movies with your furry pal. Popcorn for you. Dog treats for Fido. And everybody is happy.


Flea Markets

Farmers markets usually do not allow dogs, because of the food that is displayed. But flea markets typically offer non-food items such as clothing, jewelry, plants and other items and do allow dogs.


Bars/Restaurants (outdoor patios)

We love Panera’s Bread and they have patios where Cici can sit and drink water from a bowl I bring with me. And there are many other restaurants that allow dogs to sit with their friends as long as they do not bother anyone. Some places in Carmel and other towns/cities even offer a doggie menu.







There are art museums and others that allow dogs to peruse the cultural and creative paintings, photos, sculptures and other offerings. Cici visited an art museum in SLO with me when we went on a press trip a few years ago. And there are pet friendly art museums in Carmel and other towns/citieis.


Amusement Parks

Some of the big attractions, such as Disneyland, SeaWorld and others may not allow dogs or only allow them in some places. Call before you go. And there are local carnivals and fairs where they have rides and games for children that do allow dogs, all members of the family.



There are many other places that you can bring your doggie friends. Keep exploring. And share your favorites with us.

By the way, hotel chains that offer pet friendly amenities and do not charge a fee (and offer decent human accommodation) include LaQuinta Inn and Suites, Best Western, Comfort Inns, Choice Hotels, Ramada, Super 8 and others. These also offer.member reward programs where you can earn free nights with points for money spent. Some of the budget chains have really gone downhill and are not habitable for humans or dogs (Red Roof Inn, Motel 666, etc).  If you find a B&B, hotel, or motel that you enjoy, let us know all about it.


Thanks and Have a Great New Year !!!!



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Xmas 2015 gift guide

Well, this year has been the year that we will be glad when it is done and it is over, my year started off with breast cancer, then progressed to blood clots on lungs, bashing my head which led to a concussion, a dear friend of 40 years in hospital (serious operation), several friends dead, no home for me and cici to live in. I have been getting sicker and sicker and sicker and on and on and on and on, that has been my year…


so pardon me, if I am not exactly filled with a lot of holiday cheer…


Here are some great gifts for the pooches and pooch owners:


Eco Dog care

Love the fragrance (all natural essential oil ingredients), even washed my own bad self and hair with it and my hair was all soft and good. Cici does not like bathing so the goodness of this shampoo and wash was wasted on her dog self.






The Total Dog Manual: Meet, Train and Care for Your New Best Friend by David Meyer, president and cofounder of, the world’s largest nonprofit homeless pet adoption website.

If you have a dog, know a dog, want a dog, you have got to get this doggie manual. It is the how-to of canines. (Do doggies come with instructions? Now they do !)  It is very easy to navigate and fun to read.


From understanding a dog’s anatomy and those deep-down doggie instincts to training methods and grooming tips, all the information you need to understand your dog is now at your fingertips. Broken up into three sections–behavior, training and care–and easily organized from puppy-hood to old age, you will learn tips on curbing bad habits, teaching basic commands, vacationing with your dog, communicating effectively and much, much more. The Total Dog Manual’s easy to follow format and step-by-step training methods makes this your foolproof guide to dog care.


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Kinn Kleanbowl–a stainless steel frame which fits over compostable refill bowls. Included was the bowl with several inserts, and a package of extra bowls.

The Kleanbowl Challenge was created to show a pets preference to eat or drink out of the Kinn Kleanbowl when compared to their average pet bowl. The Kleanbowl reduces health risks to pets with the disposable and germ-free Nourish Pet refills which provide a healthy bowl alternative to regular pet bowls that may be unsanitary and filled with bacteria. To set up for the challenge, pet parents fill both the Kinn Kleanbowl as well as their pet’s regular bowl with the same food or water, place the two side by side and let their pet choose which to eat or drink out of! Kleanbowl Challenge pets are not incentivized or influenced to select the Kinn Kleanbowl.


Santa poop bags:  A nice red clip-on-the-leash (collar) carrier for dog poop bags with extra rolls of bags to fit the carrier. The brand is Boty Dogs.


It was a bad spring in my  neighborhood for people NOT picking up after their dog.  We all stood around complaining about how it gives a bad rap to all dog owners.

We got to talking about what we could do and who always picks up.  The
conversation got a little silly and someone suggested Santa Claus
would always pick up, as a result I created the “Picking Up In Good
Company” poop bags with Santa reaching down to a dog who is pooping.  Carla
Here is the link to the product on Amazon;


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Barkworthies, yummy elk antler and 8 oz. of sweet potato chips.  “Naturally Healthy, Naturally Happy” All Natural Dog Chews. The sweet potatoes the ONLY ingredient.  The website is
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Sweet potatoes are a canine favorite because of their flavor and are: 

– packed with vitamin A, B6 and C, plus minerals manganese, iron, potassium, fiber, and zinc 

– great for senior dogs (because they help fight the effects of aging) and puppies (because they’re a high source of calcium) 

– natural dental aids, since the chewy texture helps remove built-up tartar and plaque 

– vegetarian and vegan friendly

A note from the Elmakis Family: “We love our pets and know that wholesome nutrition is essential to their health and happiness. This is why we started Barkworthies.
“We wanted dog lovers like you to have access to the highest quality chews and treats without additives, preservatives or artificial ingredients.
“Today, we’re proud to offer an exciting line of products that are as nutritious as they are delicious. We source our ingredients globally, selecting only the best for your family. When you choose Barkworthies, you can feel confident you’re giving your canine companions what they need to  eat, live and love.”
Pet Safety ID Tags with Links-It
Even the most well trained pet can have a bad day. A frightening noise, natural disaster, car accident or other unexpected event can trigger a dog or cat to run for the hills leaving owners devastated and frantically searching. Unfortunately, while 80 percent of pet owners report that they believe it is either very or extremely important for animals to wear ID tags, only 33 percent report always having ID tags on their pets. While many owners have their pets chipped today, a collar and ID tags are still an important visual signal that a dog or cat is lost from home and not just a stray. Pet IDs with a new technology to help keep them safe.
Many pet owners don¹t keep tags on their animals because it can be hard to get them onto the metal ring without breaking it, pinching a finger or wasting twenty minutes of a day. A new gadget called LINKS-IT solves the problem by eliminating the need for the ring. Made from an ultra-durable polymer, LINKS-IT snaps apart so tags can be slid on and attached to a collar, then snaps and locks in place. LINKS-IT can be used with existing tags or upgraded further with Pawdentify tags which are more durable than metal, virtually silent, and can be custom printed with up to 15 lines of ID information that will never rub or scratch off. They are available in over 100 designs. 

and a wonderful holiday gift guide by our friends at Kurgo



Happy, Merry Ho Ho Howlidays and Happy New Year to you and yours !!!!

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