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Top 3 Dog daddies

This Sunday is Father’s Day. A good dad is one who truly loves his kids, furry ones, too. And he spends time with them, taking care of them, training and having fun. We are inspired by these three dog dads.


Here are our top 3 picks for awesome dog daddies.


  1. Roo Yori

Running to the rescue, Andrew Yori made man’s best friend proud! ‪#‎K9Ninja‬ ‪#‎AmericanNinjaWarrior‬  Cici and I were very excited to see Roo on the show. Dog dad to Wallace, world champion frisbee dog and Hector, former Vick dog (both dogs are now over the Rainbow Bridge), Angus, Mindy and founder of a pit bull rescue foundation named after Wallace, Roo just appeared on the TV show American Ninja Warrior and qualified for the next round. He encourages people to adopt dogs from shelters. Wallace was an unwanted shelter dog once upon a time and Roo and Clara took a chance on him and it worked out great.




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2.  Paul: Cherry Garcia’s dog dad

Cherry, another former Vick dog, was quite traumatized when he was adopted by his parents. And he has absolutely blossomed in their loving care.


What has surprised you most about him?

One of the most surprising things to us is we really thought Cherry would get to a certain point in his rehabilitation and settle in and not change much after that. What we have found is Cherry continuously grows and overcomes the next obstacle in his way. It will be a lifelong journey for him, and he has days where he regresses, but eventually he moves forward. It has been an incredible journey watching him go from a dog who slept with his eyes open to a dog that we can call “normal.” We know that isn’t the most exciting term, but that’s all he wants to be, a normal dog.

The other thing we have found really surprising about Cherry is that stress helps him learn and move forward. We all saw Cherry on “DogTown” and how shutdown he was. We didn’t have a plan of how to handle his fame, but we weren’t going to put him through public events if they didn’t help him. The first event we took him to was a small, kids-only event. He was stressed to the max, and we stayed a couple of hours b

When we got home that night, Cherry took to his normal routine with much more confidence than we had ever seen. He was so full of himself. We thought, “Hmm … maybe this is a tool we can use to help him progress.” We were right!”






3. Jon Stewart

Long time pit bull advocate, he even adopted a three-legged dog named Champ. When he did The Daily Show, the office was dog friendly. When he retired from the show, he and his wife Tracey bought a 13 acre farm in New Jersey. They provide homes for formally abused farm animals.




Happy Father’s Day !!!!

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Dog Friendly Dudes Dads Day


June 15 is Father’s Day.  A DUDE ranch that is pet friendly may be the perfect place for a dad and his dog to vacation.  Here are a few (that we have not visited). But sound like good places to get along little doggies, get along.

Echo Valley Ranch and Spa in British Columbia, you can bring your dog when staying in their Deluxe Cabins. The Canada dude ranch charges just $20 per night for dad and best friend’s dude ranch vacation.

The Resort at Paws Up in Montana welcomes dogs for a luxury dude ranch vacation.

The BarW in Montana $15 a night for dogs or no charge with a package.

Just 16 miles south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Spotted Horse Ranch is a all-inclusive guest ranch, catering to horseback riding and fly fishing.  They offer packages as short as three night in May, early June, September and October or the typical seven night stay and they are pet friendly.

Shadow Mountain Guest Ranch in Granby, CO seems to be one of the few dude ranches in Colorado that does not seem to restrict dog breeds, but call first to make sure as it is two hours from Denver, which has a breed ban in place.  Stays include hearty breakfasts, lodging in a comfy cabin. They do require a small fee for your pooch.

Burnt Well Guest Ranch in New Mexico is a working cattle and sheep ranch which boasts 10,000 acres of high desert country.

 Greenhorn Creek Guest Ranch, Quincy, California, just 70 miles from the Reno Tahoe Airport, offers horseback riding, fishing and hiking in rustic ranch setting. located near the Feather River Canyon in the beautiful High Sierra mountains of Plumas County.



Here are 12 of our favorite spots for dog friendly trips for dad, dog and the whole family in various cities in the west USA.

Lincoln City,  OR offers an abundance of pet-friendly lodging and restaurants where dogs are welcome at outdoor tables.

Play: For a fun frolic with your pooch, head for the coastline. In addition to the 7 1/2 miles of pristine Lincoln City beach, try Spring Lake Trail just west of the Regatta Grounds or Drift Creek Falls. Most Ocean lake shops will allow well-behaved pets on leashes if you ask. Remember, keep your pets on leashes and clean up after them. The annual Mutt Masters Dog Show and Olympics is a fun dog show that raises funds for two “doggie related” causes annually!

Stay:  Captain Cook Inn is a fully restored and refurbished motor court. Although not too many still exist, motor courts were a style of motel very popular in the 1940s and 50s where you park your car directly in front of your room. Call to verify dog-friendly rooms 1-800-994-2522.  2626 N.E. Hwy 101, Lincoln City, Oregon 97367




FYI, pets can now stay in yurts in OR, Honeyman in Florence, OR, Valley of the Rogue in Grants Pass, etc  for an extra $10 a night fee,   Book your stay, call Reservations Northwest at 1-800-452-5687, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. All pet friendly yurts and cabins must be reserved over the phone.


Mendocino, CA

Stay: Stanford Inn by the Sea (from $236, breakfast included; dogs $45 onetime fee; stanfordinn.com) in Mendocino has been pet-friendly since Jeff Stanford and his wife, Joan, bought it in the 1980s. A plate of cookies for  humans and a homemade sweet-potato treat are just a few of the amenities. Dogs are welcome everywhere including the lobby, just outside the hotel’s Ravens’ Restaurant. You can eat breakfast with your well mannered dog. The food is delicious, organic and vegetarian (with many vegan options).

MacCallum House

Play: Many local parks, restaurants, and other businesses welcome dogs, too. Rent a canoe or kayak from Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too ($40/day; catchacanoe.com) and explore the Big River estuary.

Rent a limo from MacCallum House and visit Anderson Valley’s Navarro’s and Toulouse dog friendly wineries for wine tasting and treats galore.

Rutherford, CA

Stay:  Rancho Caymus Inn in St. Helena (Rutherford) is minutes from Beaulieu Vineyard and close to Robert Mondavi Winery. This romantic hotel is within close proximity to the Franciscan Oakville Estate and Silver Oak Napa Valley Winery. Make yourself at home in one of the 26 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions (from $199).


Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA has been voted one of the dog-friendliest cities in the United States. This is pooch paradise.

Stay: Hofsas House

Play: Centrally located Carmel City Beach is the place where all the pooches play. Scenic Rd. from Ocean Ave. to Martin Way; ci.carmel.ca.us

Shop & eat: Your pooch will never want to leave Diggidy Dog (Ocean Ave. and Mission St.; 831/625-1585). The Carmel Plaza shopping center has a dogs-only place to get a cool drink of H20, the Fountain of Woof (carmelplaza.com). For dog-friendly dining, check out the Forge in the Forest (forgeintheforest.com).

Monterey, CA

Stay: Mariposa Suites

Play: The beaches (most of them) are very pet friendly. There is also hiking along the coast.

Pacific Grove Coastal Hiking Trail

Shop and Eat: Across the street from the Mariposa is the very pet friendly Del Monte Shopping center. Most shops allow dogs including Macy’s, Petco, and others. Not Whole Foods but there are pet friendly dining options, and also at Fisherman’s Wharf (Abalonetti’s patio) downtown.

Cambria, CA

Play: Visit the dog park or walk along the bluffs.

Stay: Cambria Pines Lodge, From $189; dogs $15/night; Moonstone Hotel Properties, 152 Rooms Total

2905 Burton Drive

Cambria, CA 93428

Reservations: (800) 966-6490

Eat: Robin’s Restaurant garden patio offers food that pleases everybody. Unique starters such as Singapore chicken sate, fresh inviting straight from the garden salads and curried chicken and other sandwiches are what’s for lunch. For dinner, lamb curry, Tail Lobster Enchiladas, Malaysian chicken and Moroccan duck breast entrees, plus delectable desserts (hot fudge sundaes with coffee ice cream and pistachio nuts) , Robin’s seasonal menus are prepared from scratch.


Morro Bay, CA


Play: Pooches all aboard on a Tiki Boat tour of the Morro Bay Harbor on the Lost Isles Cruise.  View the wildlife in their natural habitat, and sea otters, seals, sea lions, and a wide variety of birds in Morro Bay’s beautiful estuary. The dogs will love the sounds of the sea life.  www.baycruisers.com

Eat: Luna Red. Their patio is filled with guests and their four legged friends. And the food and wine is to drool for. Organic, sustainable fresh seafood and salads.   Crab lasagne, wild boar spare ribs and a variety of vegetarian fare.


Enjoy a great meal of freshly caught fish, smoked oysters, calamari, fish and chips and more. at Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant. Tognazzini’s is also home to three beautiful and friendly white Labs.


Los Angeles, CA

Stay:  At an iconic hotel, Hotel Normandie

Brentwood Hotel Luxe

Play: Runyon Canyon, a 168-acre park in the Hollywood Hills, Laurel Canyon Park and Griffith Park, are just a few options. laparks.org.

Huntington Beach, CA

Stay: Hilton Waterfront

Play: Every September Surf City holds its Surf Dog Contest. surfcitysurfdog.com.

Eat: Park Bench Cafe

Lake Tahoe, CA

Stay: Three Peaks Resort in South Lake, All 62 rooms are pet friendly. dogs are allowed in the lobby and in the swimming pool area.  There is a private beach nearby where guests can go with their dogs on leash.  Pet fee is $20   


While in the area, you might also visit dog friendly Virginia City. Many of the shops allowed Cici inside, and had water bowls out on the wooden boardwalk. You might even see/hear a ghost or two in this haunted town. Boo.

San Diego, CA

Stay: Pets are welcome at the Hotel Solamar with no restriction on types or size. Pet owners will be asked to fill out a waiver form accepting responsibility for any damage or cleaning charges that may occur while at the Hotel.




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(619) 819-9500

Play:  “Dog Beach” in Ocean Beach

Kanab, Utah

Stay:  XbarH Lodge






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Dogfather’s day gifts

Sunday, June 17 is Dad’s Day… here are some last minute gift ideas for dads with dogs…

books from a dog’s point of view

Spencer Quinn’s book series about Chet the dog, a canine sleuth, who helps his owner Bernie solve mysteries in his own way, from his dog’s perspective, make good reading and summer reading…


The new book in the series, A FISTFUL OF COLLARS, will be on sale in September. In the meanwhile, help dad catch up to date with the The Dog Who Knew Too Much and other books in the series.

strap caddy

Drivers in many places face laws where they have to drive with hands-free devices and many others are facing legislation headed in that direction.  Here’s a great idea for dad hitting the road this summer who is looking for a great new way to stay hands-free with his cell phone.

Introducing the StrapCaddy, that is designed for hands-free talking.  It can hold an iPhone 4 and 4S securely while dad uses the iPhone’s speakerphone.  The StrapCaddy is perfect for dads on the go who doesn’t have or doesn’t want to use Bluetooth devices.  It stays on the vehicle seatbelt and is ready to be used anytime.  The StrapCaddy is inexpensive and portable, making it the perfect for trips or for dads who do not want to clutter the interior of their cars with clumsy phone mounts.

It’s the perfect idea for a dad with an iPhone.  The StrapCaddy fits any iPhone 4 or 4S and will soon be available for HTC Android phones



Puplight2  is twice as bright as the standard Puplight safety light and comes with a reflective collar.  helps dogs with poor vision see better

1. PupLight makes dogs visible up to a mile a way. PupLight is visible from all angles and the dog walkers body doesn’t block the light from behind like most other products because the illumination makes a very visible halo of light. PupLight keeps dogs safe and visible on or off-leash.

2. PupLight provides so much light with it’s 3 ultra bright white LEDs you can see yards ahead of the dog when walking on leash. This allows you to see hazards ahead. Dead animals, poisonous animals, rancid food, holes, uneven sidewalk, ice. This added funtionality makes it the best product for dog walking.

3. The super bright light helps dogs see better. (Dogs 10 years+ or with cataracts can’t see well in the dark any more and they, in particular, like PupLight.)

4. It’s the only dog light that uses AAA batteries so it’s much less expensive to use over time when compared to other lighted dog products. You can also use re-chargeable batteries with it. The batteries are long lasting (up to 150 hours)and easy to change

5. PupLight was designed with long hair dogs in mind. Much of the light from a lighted collar is covered up by the fur of a long-haired dog. PupLight has a fur guard which keeps the dogs hair away from the light.

6. It comes with an easy on easy off adjustable elastic band so it’s easy to use. The collar is not attached to the leash so the light stays focused forward.

7. The light is adjustable and has a rim on top so it doesn’t shine in to your dogs or anyone else’s eyes.

8. The bright lights scare away wild animals

PupLight makes your nighttime dog walks safe and enjoyable and makes your dog visible off leash.


Joy in a Bottle

Urban Moonshine’s new Organic Joy Tonic delivers a powerful blend of  aromatic herbs and flowers to ease tension in the body while calming the mind of stress and anxiety.  The herbs used in the Joy Tonic can help to adjust the level of tension in the nervous system, internal organs, and blood vessels.  Its volatile components can reawaken people when they feel sad, uninspired or withdrawn and relax them when they feel stressed, anxious, frazzled, and overwhelmed. Aromatic plants such as the ones used in the Joy formula help to keep your heart uplifted and body resilient during moments of stress.

Joy Tonic can be used to relax into a restful night’s sleep and also bring more depth to dreams as well as enhance dream recall.  Joy Tonic is made from a proprietary blend of Organic Motherwort, Organic Linden; Organic Rose, Organic Lemon Balm, Organic Lemongrass, Organic Mugwort, Organic Grape Alcohol and Water.  Urban Moonshine Joy Tonic is offered in 3 sizes: a 2 oz bottle that is ideal for the household apothecary; a ½ oz pocket spray bottle for on the go; and a large apothecary size 8.4 ounce bottle that can also be used to refill the other sizes.

Tonics strengthen health over time, and Urban Moonshine encourages people to make a commitment to embrace them as part of a regular regime to build radiant health.  Joy tonic is about creating more space for joy in people’s lives not just about treating the symptoms that accompany a lack of it.

Build a Jerky

Even jerky can be ordered exactly how he likes it: Customize a box tailored to his tastebuds by choosing his favorite meat, rub, marinade, and glaze
To buy: $22 for medium set, slantshackjerky.com.

Wow him with a trio of gooey cheeses (Fontina Fontal, Comte St. Antoine, Tickler Cheddar), plus a side of smoked bacon.
To buy: $40, murrayscheese.com.

Dog bow wow tie



Get a T-shirt; have your dad’s dog’s photo put on the shirt. Below the photo will be the caption, “Man’s Best Friend.”

Blog Hop time…  thanks to Life with Dogs,Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code…

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back in Carson city… found a dog park!

cici and i are back in Carson City, Nevada… got a new car and it needs some work, will take it to the mechanic on Monday…

just today, we went to the Father’s Day Pow Wow and on the way back, we stopped at a yard sale and found a fenced park where dogs are actually allowed off leash, except for two hours a day from 4-6 pm, they have to be on leash… it was too hot at 1pm but am planning to go back tonight and tomorrow morning… took her to Davis Creek last weekend but my leg was hurting from when I fell at Carmel beach.

below is some info about dog park safety and the benefits of taking your dog to a dog park…


dog’s first bite against a human happening after a history of aggression towards other dogs is actually extremely common.  People unfamiliar with actual dog bite data still like to perpetuate the myth that aggression in dogs is reliably species-specific, and that aggression towards dogs means people are safe.  They’re not.

Social benefits of dog parks

Because off-leash dog parks help dogs achieve the highest levels of socialization by ensuring they meet all kinds of other dogs and people, there is likely a correlating decrease in the number of biting incidents committed by these dogs.  The more dog parks, the more dogs are likely to have these socialization opportunities.

Years ago, I said this, “When the studies are done, we’ll find that cities with ample access to off-leash areas for proper socialization and training will be the cities with the lowest incidence of dog bites.”




Dog parks can be great places for your dog.They can meet and play with other dogs, run in large areas free from their leash and safe from traffic hazards. They can meet all kinds of new people of different colors, ages and sizes, and some of those suckers…er umm people even dish out treats!

Dog parks can also be dangerous places for your dog. Most dog parks have rules posted requiring the dogs to be vaccinated and excluding “aggressive” dogs. That’s great in theory. Have you ever had to show proof of your dog’s vaccinations before entering a dog park? Not every dog owner is responsible maintaining their dog’s vaccinations. Between, sharing kisses, water dishes, and toys, dogs who frequent dog parks run the potential for being exposed to worms, giardia, and other parasites and diseases.


pit bulls at dog parks…

benefits of doggie daycare vs. dog parks


Doggie Daycare vs. the Dog Park: The difference between doggie daycares vs. dog parks/group of loose dogs is a controlled environment. Here at Pawtropolis, the staff member assumes the position of “alpha.” The dogs in day care quickly learn to recognize staff members as the leaders of the pack. We, as staff, are able to formulate the best playgroups, match dogs of similar sizes, similar play styles, etc. Staff also step in to help the aforementioned puppy (aka, “doggie nerds” as we like to call them) appropriately interact with his adult peers. In addition, we help dogs understand when another dog is not in the mood to play, redirecting their attention and/or matching them with other equally playful dogs. Furthermore, we have the luxury of selecting only those dogs suited for doggie daycare as well as keeping all unneutered males over 7 months old out of the playgroups. Lastly, staff keep all food out of the communal areas to curtail food aggression among the dogs.


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