March 2009

Pet-a-Palooza in Las Vegas (Sat 4th 10am-5pm)

Posted by on March 31, 2009.

Hey everyone its that time of year again! Come out with your pets and enjoy the Las Vegas sun and fun at Pet-a-Palooza! Boyd Stadium 10am to 5pm April 4th.
Bands, Food, Games, Prizes and lots and lots of dogs!!!
Its always a great time and a nice bonding experience for you and your pup.
And if you are training ... what a perfect place for distractions!
I hope to see you all there!

For more info go to this site http://www.mix941.fm/

Dana

Trick Training with Kenzie at Home

Posted by on March 29, 2009.

Heres a little sneak peek for you all at home on Kenzie as she practices her trick training at home tonight :)

First pic is "Sit Pretty"
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Second is "Say Your Prayers"
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Thrid is "Open the Fridge and get a Water"
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Hope you all enjoyed the photos!

Dana

STAND FOR SOMETHING...

Posted by jennifer on March 21, 2009.

It is with great disappointment that I remind everyone that on March 6th, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced he will follow former President Bush's plan to de-list wolves from the Endangered Species Act in Idaho and Montana. This is an enormous hit to our brother and sister wolves. Honestly, I haven't really known what to say- the weight of the situation seemed too large to just post on a blog. In my heart, I know that these animals are not fully re-covered. As I type, I know there are people out there who have probably already shot bullets into my friends heads in the wild. It is my hope to bring education to people that these animals are a great neighbor to have, nothing to fear and a fantastic and necessary predator. They help restore balance to our hurting ecosystem and their lives resemble that of our human families. If you meet a wolf, it will change your life forever. So smart, so quiet, so spiritual and intelligent. Their howls are the songs of nature. Since everyone seems to be going green, there is nothing greener than restoring the balance in Mother Nature. Green is the grass that grows green but the land and it's creatures are what really needs help right now. Restoring our ecosystems is restoring balance to what has been a vast human destruction.
In this tough economic time, I'm asking those that can to write letters to Secretary Salazar. If you can give money, Defenders of Wildlife is working very hard on this issue. You can visit them here: http://www.defenders.org/programs_and_policy/wildlife_conservation/imperiled_species/wolves/ I hope you too will be inspired for change and give a voice to the most majestic animal one could ever meet. Please help out your dog's ancestors- they really need it right now...
Thank you!
All my best,
Jennifer

Waking up in Colorado

Posted by on March 19, 2009.

To add to the topic of Dana’s Blog Entry on recycling your plastic bottles or ditching them all together, I am posting another little environmental blurb to get us thinking along these lines.

Every spring, the undeniable feeling of revived energy is in us. Looking at the front range - I observe the color change from snowy white, to dusty brown, and then quickly to vibrant green.

The warm days and early sunrise encourage us out into the world again. I think this time of year is an excellent time to remember to cherish our wild earth.

So, with no real clear segway – I’ll get to my point…

This morning I awoke early, I leashed up Bobby and we hiked before the sun was up, before the birds chirped, and before the sound of traffic. We were at the top of the mesa, near the overlook along HWY 36. I hopped up on the split rail fence and just sat quietly while Bobby lay in the tall dewy grass below. Colorado was just waking up, and I was watching it happen. The glorious sunrise, displaying more incredible color, depth, and resolution than any flat screen t.v. is capable of conveying, the chirping, cawing, and calling of wild birds - more precise than any ipod can deliver, and then the traffic began.

It was at that moment, I thought of my Dad, who lives in Suburban Chicago, I thought of him out there, in the race, heading to off to work. I missed him, wished he was sitting next to me and I let my eyes rest and my vision blur. I could still see the square shapes going in an organized pattern moving up and down the steep hill. I heard the steady noise of engines working to get the cars, trucks and buses up over the rise and to the valleys on the other side. Slowly the noise became indistinct. And then I heard the music filling my head. It was the music of Phillip Glass. Then the deep monotone voice chanting, “KOYAANISQATSI” began.

When I was just a child my Dad sat my brothers and I down to watch a “movie”, little did he know what a grand impression is would leave on us. Or did he?

The title is “Koyaanisqatsi” a Hopi word that translates to Life Out of Balance.

This movie is a sort of “An Inconvenient Truth” of the early 1980’s and worth checking out now, as much as it was then.

If interested, google the title, or go to youtube.com and watch the film in its entirety.

So today, I attempt to get you to go out of your way to pick up and recycle a plastic bottle on the side of the road, or pick up a missed pile of dog poop on the trail…

Jena
Boulder, CO

Don't Forget!!!

Posted by on March 18, 2009.

DOGGIE BOOTCAMP TOMORROW!!! March 19th 2-3pm @ Royal Pet Resort 4700 W Russel Rd Las Vegas NV.
Hope to see you all there!!!
Also DONT FORGET the importance of recycling and you can start with your water bottles! I just got a new toy today for Kenzie - its the Bottle Buddies Toy. You use an old plastic water bottle inside the plush animal and it makes a great/exciting sound that your dogs will love. Plus you are reusing your bottles!!!
Just an FYI:
Plastic bottles are one of the largest contributors to landfill waste in the world!
- 8 out of 10 plastic bottles are not recycled
- Plastic bottles take up to 700 years before they decompose
- In 2006 alone, the average American drank 167 bottles of water and only 23% were recycled, leaving 38 billion water bottles in landfills. That about continues to grow steadily each year.
So... do your part and recycle and let your dogs be a part of helping you do this! :)

Dana
Las Vegas, NV.

It's Not Rocket Science...

Posted by jennifer on March 18, 2009.

Sometimes I find these days that people over think their dogs. The biggest problem I have is that the owners have a hard time making the hurdle between their own thinking and a dog's thinking. It's really not that difficult. The only way for me to truly understand dog communication is to actually get down on their level. I know it sounds ridiculous but if I never acted like a dog and tried to fit in with my own dogs, behaving like a dog, I guess it would be harder for me to understand them. Dogs are very simple. It doesn't take a scientist to figure out how they communicate. All it takes is a very keen devotion to observing their behavior.
Since I have brought Lola and Elvis with me this past month to Las Vegas and Los Angeles, I am noticing that city life not only has an effect on my animals but also on myself. Living off the Sunset strip is stressful enough but take two mountain dogs and a mountain person to the city and it leaves us feeling like caged animals. I spent many hours walking just to get away from people up on some hikes but it was nearly impossible. City life definetly effects the lives of animals here. I can see it when I watch a dog nervously cross an intersection as a bus goes by. If you can imagine that sound of a police car ten times more powerful to a dog's ear, than yours- it seems like it would have a negative effect over time. Even the behavior of people rubs off on their animals.
Today at a Hollywood dog park, there was so many different energies going around that nothing seemed peaceful. I thrive on the simple sounds of birds and wind. In this economy with the thoughts of loosing your home or not being able to pay the bills, those anxious thoughts have a cause an effect on everything around you. I think one of the most freeing feelings in the world is to be able to have the knowledge to live and survive from nothing. I believe that having nothing can bring a sense of freedom to have everything. Having everything only seems more complicated and stressful. Nothing IS peaceful- it's not a new car or house but a simple task such as collecting wood. There is a lot we can learn from our fellow four legged friends. They think simply, live freely and appreciate the little things. Maybe living in their world isn't so bad...
It is the art of traveling on your own two feet to explore, observe and create that is the joy of life. How did we overstep the primitive things to forget what a joy they are? Is walking your dog a hassle or an adventure? If it's a chore, what are your priorities? Look around you and there's whole lot to see. It could be a new tree in someone's yard or a beloved bookstore that needs your help before they close their doors for good. Hit the pavement with your dog or hit the trails. Get in your car and bring Rex to the beach. There's a whole wide world out there for the two of you to discover other than watching the TV. Lastly, no one can bond with your dogs more than you. If you want a true relationship with your pet, there's nothing that says I love you more than exercising together on a walk or run. If you are not capable of doing that- hop in your car for an adventure together with your best friend...
Life is beautiful,
Jennifer
The Many Adventures of Elvis, Lola & Me On the Streets...
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Las Vegas Doggie BootCamp March 19th DONT FORGET!

Posted by on March 9, 2009.

MARCH 19TH FROM 2PM TO 3PM
@ ROYAL PET RESORT AND SPA
4700 W RUSSEL ROAD LAS VEGAS NV
702 646 7387

BE THERE FOR A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE YOU'LL BE TELLING ALL YOUR FRIENDS/FAMILY ABOUT!!

SEE YOU ALL THERE!

<3
Dana

Hiking Around the K-9 Ranch

Posted by on March 8, 2009.

Yesterday I brought Miles and Amos with me up to the K-9 Ranch. We went for a leisurely hike down to the Reservoir. The dogs were pretty focused on sniffing and I was just breathing it all in. It was both sunny and snowy and the temperature changed quickly depending on the cloud cover - Just another beautiful spring day in Colorado. Along the way we saw a flock of wild turkeys and a red fox. We quietly watched the flock from about 20ft. away, and later the red fox crossed the trail in front of us. She looked at us for a moment and then she disappeared into the forest. This is why I love living in Colorado. A 10 minute drive gets you far enough from the hustle and bustle of town, to make you a bit more aware of who we share this amazing landscape with.

Doggie Sleepover Time!

Posted by on March 2, 2009.

Kenzie just wanted to share with you all that she has a friend named Puffy and he's staying over for the night. We are having a sleepover. That's all, she just wanted me to tell you.

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A Sad Day at the Park

Posted by on March 1, 2009.

So today, on my daily romp at the park with my dog Kenzie...a strange Dalmatian that I have never seen before in the 3 years Ive lived in this neighborhood came up along side its owner. I proceeded to ask her if she was new to the area? Which she replied "no, Ive lived here for about 4 years." Confused (because I am at the park everyday with my dog and I have yet to see this dog here) I said "Oh Ive never seen your dog before." As I got closer to her dog I immediately noticed something horribly wrong with him. Slouched over, his head hung low, unstable as he walked ... I asked her if he was always so lame. She said he didnt feel well. I dug a little deeper and soon found out that the reason for his odd behavior wasnt just because he was a an older dog, but because he had gotten into some wire in the backyard and had made a meal out of it !! She continued to tell me that he eats everything and this is no different than what he does every day. From blankets to wires, leather car seats to shoes if its not one thing its another. She also said he had not eaten or drank anything in 4 or 5 days. By the looks of things this was very apparent! His rips were very prominent ,his side sunken in, his hip bones protruding out and his poor tail tucked far between his legs. It was quite obvious "Barren" was in some major pain. This was no ordinary snack.
I asked her what she planned to do about it, and she hesitated for a bit, then said "Nothing?" as if she was asking a question. "Hes such a bad, bad dog! He eats everything!" I said, I think you should take him to the vet. It was pretty clear to me from the short conversation we had had that she didnt have the money to spend on this dog. Nor did she have the time. (She has 3 dogs, a cat and a new baby) All the while she is moving from one house to another and leaves the animals at the old house to tend to themselves until she comes by for her daily visit. Not to mention Barren keeps a muzzle on him to avoid any unnecessary chewing, which as you know doesnt allow for any necessary chewing ie.food/water.
Long story short, I persuaded her to get him to the Vet asap. Upon our arrival, the Dr. immediately called for an x-ray.
Well this is where it get emotionally difficult. The woman had to get permission from her husband to spend any kind of money on this dog. From what she told me, he was never too fond of the dog to begin with, not to mention he had eaten everything they own. So he was upset that she had even gone to the vet for his problem. He said "I do not want to spend anything on that dog!" And therefore she was forced not to. She denied the xray (knowing that 98% likely that he was going to have some sort of obstruction which would then lead to surgery- causing more money to be spent and in turn a very upset husband), but she also did not want to put him down. Dilemma right?
Well the dog was signed over to the vet in hopes that the right thing would be done. Ill end it at that, because honestly I do not know what actually happened to Barren from there on. I do wish him the best!
The point of my story is as an owner of a "pet" it is important that you make sure you have enough time and money to care for this animal. Your pet did not choose you as a life partner, you chose him/her. Therefore give it your best to give them the best life possible. There are never bad dogs, only bad owners.

*TIP TO STOP CHEWERS FROM CHEWING*
Spray Apple Bitters on a cloth and hold it in the dogs mouth (about 30 secs). They will hate the taste of this but will never want to taste it again!! Now go spray it on the things they chew that you want to deter them from chewing. This should keep them away from those items. They will smell that smell and remember how horrible it tasted.
Goodluck!

<3
Dana

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