Saturday, July 30, 2011

Oh no! I'm dead!

I've watched this video about 20 times by now, and I'm sure I'll be watching it some more. Such a cute pup.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Have you seen this video?

I just saw this video this morning, have you seen it? For about a week, this young coyote was spotted in Seattle, but no one could get close enough to help. Animal control and neighbors were keeping an eye out for him to try and help. Finally, two men who hadn't heard about the story spotted him and were able to get the jar off. Poor little guy, hopefully he was able to get some food and water in him and recover from this ordeal.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

5th Annual Kitty Palooza!!

If you're looking to add another kitty to your house the Sacramento County Shelter is having their 5th Annual KITTY PALOOZA! Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7 from 12:30 to 4:00 come visit the kitties and maybe find the new member of your family. See below the flyer for some of the beautiful cats available at the shelter right now...

Photo Credit: Nicole McArthur Photography

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Good Dog Gauntlet

As previously established, Astrea is a barker and we're constantly working on it. I've tried just about everything, but I've found that the squirt bottle and telling her to be a good girl are the two best tools for her. With Daisy around this past week I knew I had to be really on top of the barking because two barking dogs is way worse than one. Because we don't have a yard, we go on four walks a day to get some exercise and go potty, that is a lot of opportunity to bark.

After the first day Daisy was with us, I realized if I was going to make it through the walks with my sanity and without making my neighbors hate me I had to take the squirt bottle with me. It's awkward to carry with the dogs, but it's easier to manage than two barking dogs; and those first couple of walks, man did they bark. I've found that the best technique is to shoot them right in the butt with the water. It startles them and then they sit. Normally on a walk we maybe run into one person, two if it's a busy day. They were doing well, but Sunday night, we walked right into the gauntlet.

We left the house and started on our merry little way. We have a general route that we take for our evening walk but as we headed down our normal way I noticed a kid drawing on the sidewalk with chalk. Rather than having to deal with trying to get by this kid without the dogs barking and pulling to say hi, I steered them down another route. BUT WAIT - plan B failed too, there was a big group of people hanging out by their cars. Those people would want to pet the dogs and they'd get all riled up. No go, plan C. This is when I realized I was just going to have to suck it up and trust that the dogs would be good. Plan C featured a golden retriever in the back of a truck with his owner. A prime candidate for barking at. I held their leashes tight, told them to be good girls and headed down through plan C. We survived. Astrea and Daisy were interested, but another reminder to be good girls and they kept on walking. Success.

We turned the corner and ran into our next obstacle. Our normal first stop on our walk was totally taken over by a big family BBQ. Astrea LOVES food. She really wanted to go that way in hopes of a hotdog. We had to stand for a minute and stare, but no barking or pulling. Good girls. We kept on and were soon turning another corner - right into a little girl on an electric scooter. Astrea hates bikes, scooters and wheelchairs. She LOVES barking at them. When we go to the dog park her favorite activity is running along the fence "chasing" the people riding by on bikes and scooters. This little girl would pose a big challenge I thought. The second I felt Astrea start to pull and growl I got her in the butt with the squirt bottle. She immediately sat. The little girl slowed down and walked the scooter past the dogs. Again, they were interested, but they were easily redirected and kept walking again.

That's when we ran into excited little boy. "OH MY GOD! YOU HAVE DOGS!" Yes excited little boy I do. Two. And they are dying to bark at you right now. Astrea started to growl a little which got Daisy alert. I shot them both in the butt. They sat. Once I calmed them down, I let excited little boy come over and pet them. Astrea and Daisy gave him lots of kisses. Then along came little girl on scooter again. When she saw that the pups were nice they dropped the scooter and came running over for her own pets and kisses. The dogs didn't even react except to happily take some belly rubs. Seriously, at this point I was beginning to think someone switched these dogs with someone else's. In a week they had not been this good and this non-responsive to stimuli.

We finally got the kids to move along so we could head home. But of course, it wouldn't be that easy. This is the point where I realized it was the gauntlet. We rounded another corner and found ourselves face to face with another dog. A very cute little dog about the same size as Astrea and Daisy who really wanted to play. Little Mr. Happy dog lunged toward Astrea and Daisy with his tail wagging ready to play. Normally Astrea would run forward too, but instead she and Daisy took a couple steps back and then waited for me to take them over. They all sniffed each other and it was a grand ol' time. Astrea has a short attention span with other dogs when she's on her leash so it doesn't take long for her to get bored and move on. I was so impressed telling them both what good girls they'd been that I didn't even notice another dog coming toward us ready to play. It was fabulous, everyone was happy and said Hi and sniffed without any pulling, growling or barking.

I think I may have floated the rest of the way home, I was so happy with how the dogs behaved. They each got a cookie when we got home and lots of belly rubs for a job well done. I still have been carrying the squirt bottle on our walks - mainly for the threat - but haven't used it again yet. I think I can officially say we've made major progress in the barking department - now if I can only get Astrea to take out the trash...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Mobile Monday: More Daisy Love

It's Daisy's last day with us and I think Astrea is going to miss having a pal around. It's been her goal all week to get Daisy to cuddle and nap with her and she's had some mild success...

This lasted about 5 minutes before Daisy moved to the other couch...
Let's Cuddle

Astrea wasn't happy to have her buddy so far, so she moved closer...
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Finally, SUCCESS we got Daisy to join us in bed for one night...
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And if you can't tell, yes I let the dogs have the whole bed while I try to find a little spot to fit in...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Celebrity Sunday: Ryan Gosling and George

If I were a celebrity and could take my dog everywhere, I definitely would take her to do interviews with me. Ryan Gosling is great. I love that he took his sweet George on the Jimmy Fallon show with him to help promote his latest movie.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Heart Pet Day

Today is the first annual Heart Pet Day. The brainchild of Dr. V over at, Heart Pet Day is a day for everyone to remember your heart pet. From pawcurious: "Every pet that enters our lives has a special place in our hearts, without a doubt... But within that hierarchy, there is always that one special one- your heart dog (or cat or horse…), as Dr. Crosby has so aptly described it. The one who really taught you what this whole pet-having-thing is all about."

It's been over two years now since I lost Sancho, but I still miss him all the time. It has gotten easier - a lot easier. I still get misty eyed when his song, Santeria by Sublime, comes on the radio. But I honestly never imagined in my life that losing a pet could be so hard. I truly thought I was crazy when it happened. I couldn't even believe that it was normal that I could take his death so hard. It got to the point that I spent a full day researching and reading articles from therapists, counselors and psychologists about the difference in grieving for a human and grieving for a pet. The one thing that got me through it was the number of people, people who were super close to me and some I barely knew, who came up to me and told me that they knew exactly what I was going through. Knowing that I had support of people who understood when I was so confused, made it tolerable at least.

I had a bajillion cats and even a dog as a kid. I loved them all and enjoyed having them around, but it was nothing like my Sancho. It took me so long to decide to get a dog. I was committing to a dog for life, I never imagined that life would be just a few short months. You grow so attached so quickly though. It's so easy to get used to having someone there to give you puppy kisses each morning and snuggles at night. It's so comforting to know that there is someone who thinks you're the be all and end all of their world. He taught me what it meant to truly connect with an animal. I was never a "dog person" before Sancho. I would have laughed if you told me I'd be driving around with a dog in a car seat beside me. And yet here I am, spending day in and day out with my cat and my dog and loving every minute of it. So today, I raise a toast to my Sancho Pancho Man and thank him for everything he taught me about loving an animal in just a few short months and definitely changing the path of my life.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mobile Monday: Cousin Love

We have an extra pup around the house this week. Astrea's cousin Daisy is staying with us while her mommy and daddy enjoy their honeymoon in Hawaii. These two little ladies spent two days at the pet hotel over the weekend and did fantastic. Now they're enjoying being home where they can relax and do their thing. Astrea has fallen back into the swing of having a sibling very quickly and is enjoying having someone to play with.

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I'm re-learning how to successfully walk two dogs.

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Astrea loves Daisy's bed.

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Daisy loves Astrea's bed.

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They both love playing together at the Folsom dog park.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Celebrity Sunday: Kellie Pickler

It's been a long time since I've watched American Idol. The last season I remember paying attention to was Kellie Pickler's season. I thought she was cute as a button and still do. I started following her on twitter and have fallen in love with all her animals. Over the 4th of July weekend, I fell in love even more when she posted about her latest dog - a rescue named Chunk. Chunk was at the vet suffering from a broken pelvis and a snake bite. After he made it through the night and was cleared, he went home with Kellie and her husband to the rest of their brood. Here's to hoping that Chunk recovers and is back to 100% soon.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tom Tom Needs a Family

Tom Tom is a special needs kitty and he needs a home to take care of him. He is a grey tabby, short hair. He is sweet and playful with adults and a real character. If allowed, he can rough-house and does a lot of cat-talk. Tom Tom likes the lady cats, but can be territorial with other dominant male cats. He gets along with his foster siblings, two large dogs and is often caught napping with them. Tom Tom was found with injuries possibly from being hit by a car. Although he is Heartworm positive, he shows no signs associated with the disease such as coughing or vomiting and cannot pass on heartworm to people or other animals. He will need to be watched for acute respiratory distress symptoms, but otherwise, he is an acitve, happy cat who needs that special someone to make his own.

Please come meet Tom Tom at the Happy Tails Adoption Center, at 6001 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento, CA! The Happy Tails Adoption Center is open Wednesday through Sunday Noon - 6 pm.

Like all Happy Tails cats, Tom Tom has been spayed or neutered, tested for FeLV and FIV, vaccinated, microchipped, treated with Advantage (has no fleas), dewormed, and checked out by a veterinarian.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mobile Monday: I love you toy.

Seriously, Ora's love for this toy is getting a little ridiculous. All she wants to do all day is play with it. My favorite part is when she gets the zoomies and runs all around the house attacking the toy and then taking off to go crazy some more. Here she is using Astrea's lemur to prepare to pounce.

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Car Wash to Benefit Chako

If you're in the Sacramento area and need your car washed this weekend, why not help out Chako Pit Bull Advocacy and Rescue? You'll get a nice, shiny clean car and Chako will be able to keep doing the work they do to change the misconceptions of pit bulls, educate the community and find loving families for these beautiful dogs. If you're interested in attending, here's the information you need:

Car Wash to Benefit Chako Pit Bull Advocacy and Rescue
Saturday July 9 10am - 5pm AND Sunday, July 10, 10am - 5pm
Parking Lot in front of Little Caesar's at 1500 W. El Camino Ave, Sacramento 95833 (corner of El Camino and Del Paso Blvd)

If you have any questions or need more information check out Chako on facebook.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Unleashed: An Art Show to Benefit Happy Tails

Hey Sacramento - During Second Saturday this weekend, check out some art to benefit Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary.

"Unleashed" - A Benefit for Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary
Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 5pm - 9pm
Vox Sacramento Gallery located at 1726 11th Street at R
Free and open to the public
Presented by Vox Sacramento, ThinkHouse Collective, and Evie Turner Marketing.

Monday, July 04, 2011

My Favorite July 4th Photo

I've seen a bunch of different Happy 4th of July photos today with lots of cute dogs and great messages. This one is by far my favorite and it comes from Bruised Not Broken.

Mobile Monday: Tortured Dog

Astrea is on activity restriction until we go for her check up on Thursday. Our walks are shorter and she's going a little crazy. I was trying to get her to play with her lemur but she kept walking away from me. So I forced her to give the lemur a horsey ride. She was not thrilled with me. I thought it was hilarious.

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Celebrity Sunday: More Spart Love

I promise, I'll move on from my Spartacus obsession next week, but in the meantime, check out Spartacus with a couple of his famous friends:

Terrance Howard:

John Stamos:

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Happy 4th of July Weekend!!

Happy 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July from Astrea, Ora and I! I hope you have a fabulous weekend and stay safe. Poor Astrea picked up a cough that's going around the area right now, so we're laying low this weekend while she recovers. I don't mind it though, I've got my LAST FINAL of my law school career on Tuesday, so I need the time to study anyway. If this is your first 4th with your pet, take a minute and read one of the many articles on keeping your pets safe over this holiday weekend. Stay safe, have fun and keep our men and women of the military in your hearts this holiday weekend. :)

Friday, July 01, 2011

Walk and Wag - WINNER!!

Thank You so much to everyone who decided to join the Walk and Wag Campaign. Every mile that was pledged counts and you have done something amazing for veterans who need help simply by getting your dogs up and moving. It has become a part of my daily routine now to check in with Walk & Wag, so Astrea and I will continue to pledge miles as long as the campaign continues. It really is the least we can do to help those men and women who have risked their lives in the wars that are going on around the world. We love our men and women of the military for their sacrifice and want to help them any way we can.

So, June is OVER and our plan to meet 100 miles in June was thrown a little off track. Between the icky weather we had at the beginning of the month and Astrea getting sick this week, we couldn't quite get there but - we are VERY close! As of this morning we're at 92 miles this month. Overall Astrea and I have pledged and completed 301 miles. Once Astrea is feeling better and off activity restriction we fully plan to complete these last 8 miles and many, many more. I have every intention of keeping you all updated on the miles we've achieved, and HOPEFULLY the weight that Astrea has lost along the way.

If you haven't joined the Walk & Wag Campaign, there is no better time than the present. In fact - this is a fantastic time to sign up because between now and July 11, 2011 Greenie's will donate an additional $5 to Freedom Service Dogs for each new pet parent that signs up.

So for some of you, I know you're reading this for the most important part of this post...Who is the big winner of the Greenie's?!? Well, first, once again thank you to those of you who signed up for the challenge, your support is fantastic. And congratulations to Megan, Whiskey and Tails!! I'll get in touch with you so we can find out how to deliver your prize.


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