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Freedom of the Press

What is wrong with this picture ???  IF you think any of the stories below are fake/false news, they are not. Freedom of the Press, aka the First Amendment, IS one of our most important and highly cherished parts of the CONSTITUTION. Look it up. Many reporters have risked their very lives over the years to bring us the news, facts and evidence included not opinion and wild conspiracy theories.


Travel industry… 

The US Travel industry has lost $185 million in revenue since the inauguration. The U.s. Association reported that in 2016, the number of international tourists had finally returned to pre-Sept. 11 numbers. But since the travel ban, enough though it was rescinded, the message is our country is not welcoming outsiders.




Even elderly white Australian children’s authors with proper visas are not exempt from Trump inspired intense scrutiny.

Australia’s beloved children’s author Mem Fox was detained for two hours and is threatening never to return to the United States. 



Muhammed Ali, Jr., the son of the famous boxer, was detained for hours at Miami airport despite the fact that he is a U.S. citizen with a valid U.S. passport and no criminal history. Immigration officials asked him if he was a Muslim and other questions about his religion.. His mother who was traveling with him on their way back from a conference in Jamaica was not detained.




Protection for deployed military families have been dropped which means that military personnel fighting on the front lines could receive desperate phone calls or come home to find their families have been deported. Military spouses and children.





IS this your idea of how America should be behaving??? Is Russia and/or white supremacists, no one who any American voted for in the last election, running our country now ????   DON’T WE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW ????

CICI and I, well, me I am a third generation American, are disgusted, appalled, and shocked at how people, our neighbors, friends, fellow Americans, are being treated and scapegoated. Some people in power, aka millionaires and billionaires love to blame poor people, minorities, victims of their policies, for the injustices of the world. Yet, if you think for a second, WHO are the people with the POWER to CHANGE  the systems, create JOBS, economic freedom and prosperity, and equality for all?


Spending billions of dollars deporting people who came here to work hard and pay their taxes, unlike the billionaires and millionaires, is  COSTING US A LOT OF MONEY AND WILL IMPOVERISH ALL OF US on many levels. $500 billion for the deportations and $30 or 40 billion for the wall so that military industrial companies can get richer.


Cici says it’s the fault of the CATS. A CAT CONSPIRACY make the cats pay for the wall….




Is this what we want  Berlin wall dogs ???







I was in Berlin before the wall came down. I was on a tour bus at Checkpoint Charlie and we were told that we could not get out and off the bus. Why?  They pointed to the guards who stood ready with their guns to shoot us if we dared to do so. Chilling moment. And no one got off the bus. The wall kept people trapped inside East Berlin.


A few corrupt and greedy politicians think that they can trick people into looking the other way so that their treasonous behavior will not be seen or heard and they will not be held accountable. IF there is a lot of smoke, there is usually fire. And if the people involved are innocent, then you would think that they would want the world to know that. INSTEAD they tell tall stories to COVER UP their misdeeds and fool us. Do you want to pay with YOUR VERY LIFE, your children’s lives, your pet’s lives, your family’s life, your neighbor’s life, just to help a few billionaires and millionaires ????






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Any Dog Can Bite

“Whom do dogs most often bite? Toddlers. Next, the elderly; and coming in third–you guessed it–postal carriers.”

As a U.S. Postal Service slogan in support of National Dog Bite Prevention Week says, “There are 70 million good dogs, but…ANY DOG CAN BITE.”

…Patterson of the AVMA calls insurers’ singling out certain breeds misguided. The data, she says, do not bear out the contention that one breed is more apt to bite than another, though she allows that big dogs, by virtue of their size and strength, may do more damage when they bite. “A Great Dane, a retriever can do a pretty good job of biting, if they decide to.” But if you look at “willingness to bite,” she says, there’s no evidence that pit bulls, for example, are more dangerous than Pekinese. “Communities with a lot of pit bull bites are communities with a lot of pit bulls.”

…Patterson of the AVMA calls insurers’ singling out certain breeds misguided. The data, she says, do not bear out the contention that one breed is more apt to bite than another, though she allows that big dogs, by virtue of their size and strength, may do more damage when they bite. “A Great Dane, a retriever can do a pretty good job of biting, if they decide to.” But if you look at “willingness to bite,” she says, there’s no evidence that pit bulls, for example, are more dangerous than Pekinese. “Communities with a lot of pit bull bites are communities with a lot of pit bulls.”


Children aged 12 years and younger were the victims in 51% of cases. Compared with controls, biting dogs were more likely to be German Shepherd or Chow Chow predominant breeds, male, residing in a house with ≥ 1 children, and chained while in the yard

If we want better outcomes in our communities, we need to promote responsible pet ownership: the humane care, custody and control of all dogs.

If you’re REALLY worried about dog bites, you should support correcting the things that cause them: like making sure that all dogs are trained & socialized properly, making sure that all dogs are spayed or neutered, making sure that no dogs suffer neglect and/or abuse, and if they do, making sure the dogs are properly rehabilitated.

You should NOT  fixate on one particular factor to the exclusion of all else and which is not determinative in predicting bites – the breed of dog. When you see a web site or story reporting that the breed is the SOLE determining factor, THEY ARE LYING TO YOU! And when you spread their lies, you are doing nothing to help curb the problem you’re concerned about. And when you support Breed Specific Legislation, you’re actually making that problem worse.Why? Because it is a simplistic approach to a complex problem, and it doesn’t address the real issues.


The breeds that scored the average or below average rate of or attempted bites are Pit Bulls and Rottweilers. The breeds that are the most docile with the utmost least aggression are Bassett Hounds, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Siberian Huskies and Greyhounds.




How to “Be a Rock”. In the Be a Tree dog bite prevention program we teach kids to Be a Rock if a dog knocks them down, or they are playing on the ground when a strange dog comes near. We don’t talk about dogs attacking them, since we don’t want to create a fear of dogs where there is not one. We don’t talk about protecting the throat and internal organs in case the dog rips them out (yes, some dog bite prevention educators actually talk about these things and put terrifying images into the heads of kids and parents – yikes!)

The fact is, that the rock is very rarely needed, because if kids “Be a Tree”, the dog will go away. The vast majority of dogs do not intend harm and they quickly lose interest in a child that is standing still.


Remember, a responsible dog owner should:

  • NEVER leave a baby or small child alone with a dog, even if it is a family pet. Children are often bitten by a dog in their own household.
  • Make sure your pet is socialized as a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals.
  • Never put your dog in a position where it feels threatened or teased.
  • Walk and exercise your dog regularly to keep it healthy and provide mental stimulation.
  • Use a leash in public to ensure you are able to control your dog.
  • Regular veterinary visits are essential to regulating the health of your dog. A sick or injured dog is more likely to bite.
  • Be alert. If someone approaches you and your dog while out on a walk, caution them to wait before petting the dog, giving your pet time to be comfortable with the stranger.

A dog’s tendency to bite depends on such factors as heredity, obedience training, socialization, health, and the victim’s behavior. There are good dogs and bad dogs within every breed, just as there can be responsible and irresponsible owners of each breed. That’s why State Farm does not refuse insurance based on the breed of dog a customer owns. Under the right circumstances, any dog might bite.


Vets in Australia are calling on governments to ditch bans on dangerous dog breeds.

The Australian Veterinary Association (AWA), which has launched a new strategy to deal with dog bites, says the latest research shows banning particular breeds does nothing to address aggression in dogs, and nothing to increase public safety.

The vets say a focus on registration, education and temperament testing would be more effective.

…Veterinary behaviourist and AWA spokeswoman Dr Kersti Seksel argues breeds-specific legislation is not the answer.

“It hasn’t decreased the number of dog bites,” she said.

“Regardless of breed, dogs are capable of biting, just like people are capable of fighting regardless of our origin either.”

…RSPCA Victoria president Hugh Wirth was once a supporter of banning dangerous dog breeds.

He advocated for the breeding out of the American Pit Bull Terrier, saying they were “lethal” and “time bombs waiting for the right circumstances”.


But not anymore.

“The truth about breed-specific legislation is that it doesn’t work, you don’t decrease the numbers,” he said.

“In fact you send the breeding of that particular breed of dog underground.

Mr Wirth says his change of heart was brought about by the latest veterinary and dog behaviour research.


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around the world with my dog

Thought it would be fun to find out about dog customs in various countries. Also, if you are traveling overseas with your pets, there are numerous things you should know.

However, in the midst of doing research, guess what I found out?

My dog is banned…

not only in Miami, Denver and Ontario Canada

but also in Denmark, Finland, England and other countries.


Because she is a pit bull mix.

She is also banned or restricted on various airlines…

and on military bases…

not that I have ANY plans to take her on an airline, or to other countries or to Denver or Miami or any military base, but it is crazy to ban dogs when people who abuse animals, people who put on dog fights, race greyhounds, and breed puppies in mills, go scot free. And M. Vick makes millions.


My sweet dog who would never harm a person, would never hurt anyone intentionally is banned but people who kill, maim, slaughter, abuse, neglect, abandon and torture animals (and eventually people) are free to continue their evil ways.

This has to change.

Just found this No Dogs Allowed Post from our friends over at Dog Jaunt, sheesh what a list, doggie prejudice is rampant.


Tomorrow, Kisha Curtis will go to trial in New Jersey for starving, abandoning and neglecting Patrick the Miracle Dog and the Patrick Movement folks are holding rallies and events around the country to raise awareness and to pass stricter laws in every state against animal abuse.  Whether you are attending a rally or not, say a little prayer for Patrick that his abuser is given the maximum sentence. Justice for Patrick.

and in Carmel, supposedly dog friendly, and Monterey, we are holding a rally/adoption event tomorrow BUT despite my sending flyers and press releases way in advance to the media, NONE elected to feature our event in the weekly events calendar, NONE.  I posted the info for the event all over their Facebook pages, but this is crazy, anti pit bull sentiment here, there and everywhere.  Yes, there are encouraging positive signs and articles, but there still is a lot of ignorance and prejudice.

We will still have a great event.  Speak UP for the animals. Thank you.

Just found this out, about the fight for Patrick, making me feel ill, but may Truth Justice and What is Best for Patrick PREVAIL…

the fight for Patrick, http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=5877

Bringing dogs and cats to Australia…




Clearing customs in various countries…


taking your dog to Norway


Sweden’s dog movie theatre


pet friendly cottages in Scotland


Difference between dogs in England and America


Dogs in France


Dogs in France are allowed in so many more places than their English cousins. It wasn’t unusual to have dogs in cafes and even restaurants. We also saw dogs in the local department store and a museum, and hadn’t realised that we were also staying in a dog-friendly hotel.

Parisian luxury hotel for dogs offers doggie massage, swim in the pool



Dogs in Italy



Dogs in Canada

There is a Canadian dog magazine and a Canadian dog blog



bringing your dog to Canada


If you have a pit bull, you cannot bring it to Ontario.

The province of Ontario does not permit pit bulls to enter the province. For information on Ontario’s pit bull ban, visit the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General website.

There are other countries that ban pit bulls and other breeds (rottweilers and others).

Here is a list of breeds that are banned in many countries worldwide:

American Staffordshire Terrier
Staffordshire Terrier
Pit Bull Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier
Doberman Pinscher
Dogo Argentino
Dogo de Burdeos
Fila Brasileiro
Mastin Napolitano
De Presa Canario
Tosa Japones


Wikipedia lists airlines that restrict/ban pit bulls.


Now it gets dicey for dogs… in poorer countries, there are problems.

Dogs in Greece

Stray dogs in Athens


Dogs in Israel

Dogs do not seem to fare well in Israel, and are abandoned during the summer.


Dogs in Asia

there are many articles about people eating dogs in Asia and how dogs do not fare well.  Depends upon the country. Now,  Japan is having problems with pets due to the tsunami and earthquake.

Dogs in India

stray dogs, slum dogs, and people eating dogs are what comes up when you do a Google search…


Things to consider in general :



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Day 1: Monterey... Individual flights and arrival in Monterey. We meet at 12:30 PM. Getting to Know You Lunch.  Then we spend a leisurely afternoon taking the famous 17 mile scenic drive to Carmel, where we will shop, spa, sample chocolates at the local Sweet Shoppe and enjoy the art galleries in this lovely location.  A delectable dining experience. Imagine stargazing by the ocean waves, and leisurely strolls along the  sand.


Day 2: Sea Otters and Whales and Sharks, oh my... Enjoy a morning visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Watch sea otters at play, learn about the Mysteries of the Deep, kelp and jellyfish. Afternoon, whale watching excursion to commune with oceanlife up close and personal. Can’t you just smell and feel the salty breezes? After wine tasting, we spend the evening in a beautiful inn in Pacific Grove.


Day 3: Santa Cruz…  Heading north, we explore the magnificent coastline and indulge in sampling Donnelly’s Chocolates. Yum yum. Cruising along, we end up at an Eco-Retreat and sleep in yurts, cabins, and/or tents under the stars. Informal dinner and s’mores around the campfire. Anyone got any ghost stories?


Day 4: Half Moon Bay…  We literally stop and smell the roses  and sample organic edible delights such as farm fresh goat cheese, pick your own berries, and other locally grown produce, plants and flowers (seasonal). Majestic peacocks strut their stuff, horses, cows, sheep and llamas greet us while  we learn organic farming techniques. Lunch at a local favorite Thai restaurant and dinner a delicious treat  (the best chocolate dessert on the planet). Overnight stay at a Farm Retreat. Are we having fun yet? 


Day 5: San Francisco Chocolate factories and shopping galore by the Bay. Cable cars, Ghiardelli Square, and much more.


Day 6: Marin County and Bodega Bay: Driving north up the coast, from Bolinas to Bodega. The movie The Birds was filmed at this sleepy beach community. Salt water taffy, kites and nearby The Armstrong Woods, an awesome redwood forest experience.


Day 7: Ukiah:  The Real Goods Solar Living Center, learn how Solar Energy works, practical, fun exhibits and a unique gift shop. 


Day 8: Avenue of Giants:  We drive and walk amongst the hushed silence of these ancient magnificent trees… An incredible 31-mile scenic drive… a Gingerbread Mansion… and so much more. 


Day 9: Mt. Shasta & Ashland: You Silly Rabbit, Harry & David, Dagoba’s, Cary’s and more… Shakespeare, anyone?


Day 10:  A Tasty Time was had by all … A hearty breakfast, followed by a charming walk through the downtown area. Time to bid each other adieu as we go to the Airport for our flights home.






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