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Monday, December 27, 2010

12/29--Puppy Party

Have a new puppy? Join in on the Puppy Party at Muttropolis in La Jolla on Wednesday, December 29th from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Their Facebook page says, "Calling all puppies! Join us for an evening of fun while your pooches enjoy playtime and socialization. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases during the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch! Fully immunized pups only, please. "

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Wishing you and your doggy peace and joy this holiday season!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

12/18--Spaniel Social

Got a Spaniel? Join in on the Spaniel Social on Saturday Decemeber 18th at Oceanside Dog Park from 11:00am - ? pm at 2905 San Luis Rey Road, Oceanside, CA. 92054. The San Diego Spaniel Rescue site says, "Join fellow Cocker Spaniel owners (and their dogs!) for a leisurely get together. Our Spaniel Social happens monthly.... Your Spaniels can run and play in the fenced-in dog park. This is a great opportunity to bond with your canine companion while providing socialization skills."

Monday, December 13, 2010

12/15--Muttropolis breed socials

Check out the socials for the breeds listed below at these Muttropolis locations on Wednesday, December 15th from 7 to 8pm:
Toy Breed in La Jolla
Cavalier Breed in Solana Beach
The Muttropolis Facebook page says, "Join us for an evening of holiday fun while your pooches enjoy playtime and socialization. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases during the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch!"

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12/12--Pet Parade

Have fun and check out the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade on Sunday, December 12th. The Gaslamp.org website says, "Join us for the Third Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Presented by Downtown Ace Hardware on Sunday, December 12th, 2010!...Once a year San Diego pets and owners are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes for a special promenade throughout the Gaslamp Quarter to celebrate the holiday season. You can only imagine the fun and excitement as downtown became filled with costumed pets & their handlers all vying for prizes and bragging rights including Best Costumed Duo, Cutest Critter, Best Pet Costume & Best of Show! The Parade originates and concludes at the Hilton Park adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter at 4th Avenue and K Street. The Parade steps-off promptly at 3pm. Enjoy our Pet Expo in Hilton Park throughout the afternoon. Don your best costume with your furry friends and join in the festivities!" Check out the link for more details.

Monday, December 6, 2010

he's making a list, checking it twice...


So Penny and her friend, Buddy, got to meet Santa this last weekend and have their picture taken with him at the Escondido Humane Society (see post below). It was so much fun and the pictures turned out great.


Penny and Buddy have been very good this year, so I suspect Santa will be bringing them what they asked for!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

12/4--Pet Photo with Santa

On Saturday, December 4th the Escondido Humane Society will be holding an event where your pet can get their photo taken with Santa! How fun! Their website says, "Santa himself will be making a special visit to the Escondido Humane Society to bring good tidings and holiday cheer to animals in need at our Pet Photos with Santa and Holiday Boutique. Whether naughty or nice, all pets can meet Santa and have their photo taken with him. For a $10 donation to EHS, you will receive a keepsake 4x6 photo; for an additional $10 you can get a CD with the digital files, just in time to create holiday cards with the entire family. Those who don't have pets but still want to bring joy to homeless animals can stop by our Holiday Boutique and bake sale, where gifts for dogs and cats and homemade presents for people and pets will be available. Pet Photos with Santa and Holiday Boutique is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at EHS, 3450 E. Valley Parkway. Appointments can be made by calling (760) 888-2235, but walk-in (and wag-ins!) are welcome." What a great cause!

Friday, November 26, 2010

12/4--Jingle Paws Walk for Pets

Check out the Jingle Paws Walk for Pets hosted by the Aces Foundation and Camp Bow Wow on December 4, 2010. The Aces Foundation website brochure says, "Festivities begin at 9:00am with a Blessing of the Animals, walk begins immediately after. Last years event raised over $4,000.00 all of which is used to assist the guests at El Cajon Animal Shelter. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000.00. Anyone who loves animals is encouraged to join the walk. Walkers can come with or without a companion animal. We invite you to stay for Santa’s Village, which begins immediately after Jingle Paws Walk. It’s sure to be a fun filled day with games for your pooch and the entire family! Hope to see you there. " Please check out the link for more more information and registration details.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

11/25--Happy Thanksgiving

We wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! However you spend your day, take a little time to count your blessings and give thanks for all the big and little things in your life! We are so thankful for the country in which we live, for our family, and friends. We are thankful to have found and adopted Penny this year, to make her a part of our family, for her nose nudges, her strange and funny little quirks, and her sweet little personality! Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

11/21--Encinitas Street Fair

Tomorrow, Sunday November 21st is the Encinitas Street Fair. I'm not sure how this will work out in the rain, but it's always a fun time seeing the interesting--and sometimes odd things--people are selling. Christmas is coming up so you might find some unique gifts for family and friends, and Fido will thank you for his fun walk! Check out the link for more info.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Muttropolis Doggie Socials

Check out the Muttropolis Doggie Socials for different breeds on various Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8pm:
11/17--Toy-riffic Party--Solana Beach
11/17--Yorkie Yappy Hour--La Jolla
Their site says, "Join us for a night of fun while your pooches enjoy off-leash playtime and socialization. Wine and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases the night of the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch!"

Thursday, November 11, 2010

11/13--CCI Graduation

This is not an event you will be able to bring your dog to, but something you may want to check out for yourself! Canine Companions for Independence graduation ceremony will be held this Saturday, November 13th at Noon in Oceanside. Graduations are open to the public and admission is free. Their website explains, "Canine Companion's graduation ceremonies occur four times a year. At these inspiring events, people with disabilities graduate with their new, highly-trained assistance dogs. These dogs have been in training for over two years and know approximately 50 commands including opening doors, turning on/off lights, and retrieving dropped objects. The graduation ceremony is the culmination of an intensive, residential, two-week Team Training course with these new human/canine partners at the Canine Companions Southwest Regional Training Center in Oceanside." Penny's cousin is a CCI doggy! He is so smart and sweet, and is such a gift to the people he serves!

Monday, November 8, 2010

11/11--Yappy Hour

Check out the La Jolla Brewhouse on their pet-friendly patio for a Yappy Hour on Thursday, November 11th with your dog from 5 to 8pm, benefiting the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. While their you may win zoo and theater tickets, gift baskets, spa certificates, golf package, and more. They also offer a canine menu.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

11/6--Photo Event

Muttropolis La Jolla will be hosting a Fall Photo Event on Saturday, November 6th from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. Their Facebook page says, "Is your pooch ready for a close up? A professional photographer will be at out La Jolla location taking fall themed photos of your pooch. Prints will be available for order."

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

First Fridays on the Wooftop

Join on the First Fridays on the Wooftop events with your dog at The Porto Vista Hotel, that hosts monthly on-leash Wooftop Happy Hour. The next event is on Friday, November 5th from 5:30 to 9 p.m and is a free event. This upcoming event will focus on giving to pups in need which will benefit the Second Chance Dog Rescue. They are requesting donations for dogs in need such as: kibble, bedding, leashes, collars, crates, blankets, and medical supplies. There will be a raffle give-away for donation participants.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Muttropolis Doggie Socials

Check out the Muttropolis Doggie Social for different breeds on various Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8pm:
11/3--A Night with King Charles--La Jolla location
11/10--Schnauzer Schmooze--Solana Beach location
11/10--Bulldog Bonanza--La Jolla location
Their site says, "Join us for a night of fun while your pooches enjoy off-leash playtime and socialization. Wine and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases the night of the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch!"

Monday, November 1, 2010

11/3- Fall Frolic Yappy Hour

Check out the Fall Frolic Yappy Hour on Wednesday, November 3rd from 7:00pm - 8:00pm at Muttropolis Solana Beach. Their Facebook page says, "Calling all dogs! Join us for a night of fun while your pooches enjoy playtime and socialization. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases during the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch!"

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Hope you and your dog and a fun and safe Halloween!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween on Sunday

Halloween is on Sunday! It's always more fun on a weekend! Hope you and your dog have something exciting planned. Here is a recent photo I took of Penny. (We tried putting a costume on her, but she thought it was a toy and started to nibble at it....needless to say, we went with the bandana!)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

10/23--Puppy Support Group

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA periodically holds Puppy Support Groups. Their website says, "Got some questions? Bring your puppy for an hour of open-forum problem solving and puppy play! Puppies must be current on their vaccines and under 16 weeks of age. Cost: $35 per lesson." Click the link above for more information.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

10/21--Canine Massage

Does your dog need a little TLC and relaxation!?! Then check out the Canine Massage lecture through the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA on Thursday, October 21st from 6:30-8pm. Their website says, "Come learn about some wonderful holistic modalities that can help keep your pet happy & healthy. All dogs can benefit from treatments, such as Canine massage, Acupressure, Reiki and EFT (emotional freedom techniques). These are very effective for various physical ailments, emotional and behavioral issues, and preventative care. Cost is $12 per person and includes materials, light snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments. Please note all classes are for people only - please leave your great pets at home." For more information click on the link above.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Friday!

Don't forget to stop and smell the roses....or stop and sniff the plants. I recently bought a new plant, and as you can see here, Penny was interested (a little too interested.... needless to say, we have come to learn we can't leave her alone with plants)!
Hope you enjoy the little things in life today!
Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pet Loss Support Group

Pets definitely become a part of the family, so it can be difficult when a pet passes on. The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA have a Pet Loss Support Group that is held periodically. Their site explains, "The San Diego Humane Society’s Pet Loss Support Group provides an environment where thoughts and emotions can be shared with those in similar circumstances. Sessions are led by a licensed social worker and are open to those ages 10 and up....There is no fee for the sessions thanks in part to a donation from San Diego Pet Memorial Park; however donations to help with providing this valuable service are greatly appreciated. Please bring pictures of your pet with you to the sessions." Please click on the link above to get more information.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

10/13--Party with the Big Dogz

Check out the Party with the Big Dogz event at Muttropolis in Solana Beach on Wednesday, October 13th from 7-8pm. Their Facebook page says, "Calling all Big Dogs! Join us for an evening of fun while your pooches enjoy playtime and socialization with other big dogs. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases."

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10/13--Fluffy Football Fans Season Kick Off Party

It's football season, so head on over to the Muttropolis in La Jolla on Wednesday, October 13th from 7-8pm for the Fluffy Football Fans Season Kick Off Party. Their Facebook page says, "Dress your pooch and (yourself?) in your favorite team colors and join us for a night of fun while your pooches enjoy off-leash playtime and socialization. Wine and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases during the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch!"

Thursday, October 7, 2010

San Elijo Hills Dog Park

Did you know San Elijo Hills in San Marcos has a dog park? Actually, they have two, one for small dogs and one for bigs dogs, right next to each other. We took Penny there and she had a lot of fun! (However, in this picture she is sitting on the bench watching the other dogs play...sometimes we swear she thinks she's a human!) Plus, you can walk around town there and stop into the Dexter's Deli with your dog. Such a beautiful community!

Friday, October 1, 2010

10/2--Greyhound Walking Group

Got a grey hound? Want a greyhound? Want to go for a walk with your dog? Check out the Greyhound Walking Group on the first Saturday of each month. Click on the link to be redirected to the Greyhound Connection website for more details and more information about their organization. The site explains, "Greyhounds from all organizations are invited to this casual get-together. Walks are open to people and dogs from all rescue groups. Thinking about adopting a greyhound? Come and chat with some happy greyhound owners. "

Thursday, September 30, 2010

10/2 & 10/16--San Diego Spaniel Rescue Socials

Do you have a Spaniel? Well, then here's a great social event for your doggy! The San Diego Spaniel Resuce periodically holds dog socials. In October, their will be one held on Saturday 10/2 at Doyle Dog Park, and one on 10/16 at Oceanside Dog Park. Their site says, "Join fellow Cocker Spaniel owners (and their dogs!) for a leisurely get together. Our Spaniel Social happens monthly beginning at 1:00pm. Your Spaniels can run and play in the fenced-in dog park. This is a great opportunity to bond with your canine companion while providing socialization skills." Check out their site for more information.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

10/2--The Mutt Mile & Doggy Costume Contest

Check out the 2010 Coastwise Mile & 5K at the beautiful La Jolla Cove on Saturday October 2nd! One of the events will include the The Mutt Mile & Doggy Costume Contest. Their website goes on to say, "The Mutt Mile kicks off @ 7:30am. So bring your canine compadre and run/walk a mile. All dogs must have their shots (and be up to date). And all dogs must be on a leash (8' max length). We will also be having a costume contest @ 7:15am prior to the run (so the dogs don't have to run in their costumes). So come out and have some fun at the park, and stop by the San Diego Humane Society booth. Please note that due to City Regulations all dogs must vacate the park by 9:00am." Click on the link above to view the website and get more information about the event and registration. The San Diego Humane Society is one of the beneficiaries of the event!

Monday, September 27, 2010

9/30--Art Walk

Thursdays On the Coast Art Walk is held in downtown Carlsbad at the Shops at Village Faire on the last Thursday of each month from 5:30-8:30pm, year-round. Sometimes people will display some of their art outside. If not, it's fun to window shop with your dog too! Check out the art, music, food and fun.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

9/29--K9 Care Doggie Massage

Treat your dog to some relaxation at the K9 Care Doggie Massage at Muttropolis in La Jolla on Wednesday, September 29th from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. Their Facebook page says, "we are happy to offer complimentary 5-minute doggie massages by Denise, owner of "K9 Care by Denise". Denise is a licensed Holistic Health Pracitioner and Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and has been practicing on humans for over 10 years. Recently, she expanded her practice to canines. Benefits of Doggie massage include increased circulation, reduced muscle spasms, relieved tension, enhanced muscle tone, quicker healing and increased range of motion in all breeds of dogs. All breeds are welcome to join us for a night of fun while your pooches enjoy off-leash playtime and socialization. Wine and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases the night of the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch!"

Monday, September 20, 2010

Muttropolis Doggie Socials

Check out the Muttropolis Doggie Socials for various breeds on various Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8pm:
9/22--Oodles of Poodles & Doodles at the La Jolla location
9/22--Bulldog Bonanza at the Solana Beach location
9/29--Retriever Romp at the Solana Beach location

Their site says, "Join us for a night of fun while your pooches enjoy off-leash playtime and socialization. Wine and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases the night of the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch!"

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

9/25--Pugtoberfest

Are you ready for Pugtoberfest!?! This event through Pug Rescue of San Diego County will be held on Saturday, September 25th from 2 - 5 pm at Temple Terrace (west side of the street), 92119 near Lake Murray in San Carlos. This year they are brewing up "Pudgy Pug Pale Ale," "Jackson's Orange you Glad you have a Pug!" and "Pugnacious IPA". There will be food, beverages and home-made sweets and baked goods. Their website goes on to say, "The Pug Rescue boutique will be open so you can start your early Christmas shopping. Once again we will have two wonderful raffle baskets chock full of goodies and a beautiful custom made pug-inspired quilt and television to raffle off. Our Pennies for Pug wagon will be out and about with Keggan and Robert dressed in their finest lederhosen! Save your pennies, dimes, nickels, and dollars and bring them to Pugtoberfest!! Also, take this opportunity to renew or become a Pug Rescue member - when you do, you will receive one free raffle ticket....The Pug Playpen and a small pool will be setup so all the pugs can play, have fun, and stay cool. We will also have some of our adoptable dogs at the event." For more information and to register, check out their website, www.pugbutts.com (cute name, huh?).

Sunday, September 12, 2010

9/15--Yappy Hour

Join in on the all breed social Yappy Hour at Muttropolis in Solana Beach on Wednesday, September 15th from 7-8pm. Their Facebook site says that "all breeds are welcome to attend this Yappy Hour! Join us for a night of fun while your pooches enjoy off-leash playtime and socialization. Wine and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases the night of the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch!"

Friday, September 10, 2010

9/12--Find My Dog A Date event

I recently came across this website, FindMyDogADate.com. It's goal is to help you find a furry playmate for your dog! There will be a FREE San Diego meetup on Sunday, September 12th at 1pm Morley Field Dog Park. The site explains that, "sometimes caring for our furry friends can be a daunting task, especially when it comes to finding them new friends to play with. Locating that perfect play partner is a difficult job, especially if you are new to town or have few friends with dogs. Unfortunately, the task of finding your dog a friend often is neglected altogether. Not any more!"

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

9/12--Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon

The Helen Woodward Animal Center will be holding the 5th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon on Sunday, September 12th. It will be held at North Beach in Del Mar, also known as Dog Beach or the River Mouth. We went to a dog surf event earlier this year with Penny, and it was SOOOOO much fun! The Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon homepage explains, "Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon is a great family day at the beach for surfers and dog lovers alike. This event will help raise awareness and money for orphaned pets while promoting responsible pet ownership....The funds raised will be used to support all the programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Please remember to bring money to the beach as there will be over 40 vendors, food, and an opportunity drawing!" The HWAC website goes on to say, "Other fun animal-friendly activities include the Beach Bum Bikini BabeCanine Costume Contest and interactive Vendor Booths from the surf and pet industries.... Local and national media will be involved in the promotion andcoverage of this event, with expected attendance in the thousands!"

Monday, September 6, 2010

9/11--Labradors & Friends Dog Rescue event

On Saturday, September 11th at 6pm, Labradors and Friends Dog Rescue will be holding their 2nd annual silent auction at the Carlsbad Sheraton Resort & Spa. Tickets are $65 and includes a 3-course gourmet dinner. Click on the link to find out more. (Doesn't sound like an event you could bring your dog to, but it would be a great way to support this rescue group!)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

9/5--Doga Yoga with Lululemon La Jolla

Muttropolis is partnering with Lululemon in La Jolla on Sunday, September 5th from 8-10am, to host a great dog yoga event! Muttropolis Facebook page says, "Join us in the grassy area of Scripps Park in La Jolla Cove on Sunday, September 5th at 8:15am for some Doga Yoga hosted by Lululemon La Jolla and Muttropolis! Ingrid Yang will lead you in a FREE Doga Yoga class where we will stretch and massage our furry friends. Yoga and doggie massage offers your dog health benefits like aiding digestion, lowering blood pressure, easing anxiety and engendering a whole new level of calm in your pup. It also helps to socialize and soothe your dog, but most of all, it gives you time to bond and cuddle! Doga Yoga is not just scratching bellies and rubbing ears, it’s about connecting with your canine best friend. After Doga Yoga in the park, we'll head back to the Muttropolis Store where light refreshments, juice and water will be served. Pooches can enjoy off-leash playtime and socialization, and everyone will receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases that morning, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch! Mats will be provided, and all dogs attending must have basic obedience training."

Friday, September 3, 2010

Do you have a Spaniel?


Check out the San Diego Spaniel Rescue socials. Their site says, "Join fellow Cocker Spaniel owners (and their dogs!) for a leisurely get together....Your Spaniels can run and play in the fenced-in dog park. This is a great opportunity to bond with your canine companion while providing socialization skills."

9/4---Doyle Park, Dog Park 1:00pm - ? at 8175 Regents Road, San Diego, CA. 92122
9/18--Oceanside Dog Park 11:00am - ? pm at 2905 San Luis Rey Road, Oceanside, CA. 92054

Thursday, September 2, 2010

9/4--Greyhound Walking Group

Got a grey hound? Want a greyhound? Want to go for a walk with your greyhound? Check out the Greyhound Walking Group on Saturday, September 4th, from 9 to 10:30am. Click on the link to be redirected to the Greyhound Connection website for details and more information about their organization. The site explains, "Greyhounds from all organizations are invited to this casual get-together. Walks are open to people and dogs from all rescue groups. Thinking about adopting a greyhound? Come and chat with some happy greyhound owners. "

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today--Endless Summer

Join in at the La Jolla Brewhouse today from 5-8pm for their Endless Summer Yappy Hour event. There is a pet friendly patio and canine menu, plus you could win some great prizes! This event benefits SNAP.

Muttropolis Doggie Socials

Check out the Muttropolis Doggie Socials for various breeds on various Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8pm:
9/1--Schnauzer Shin-dig at the La Jolla location
9/8--Daschund Delight at the Solana Beach location
9/8--Chihuahua Fiesta at the La Jolla location

Their site says, "Join us for a night of fun while your pooches enjoy off-leash playtime and socialization. Wine and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases the night of the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch!"

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Surf Dog Ricochet

What an amazing San Diego dog! Check out Surf Dog Ricochet and all the wonderful things this dog does to support others in need! Here is a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGODurRfVv4 to an inspirational video on You Tube that tells about her story and an example of how her talents have been put to incredible use to help others. Ricochet is a surfing dog, or rather SURFicing dog (serving others), who raises money for some great causes.

Click on the link above to read more about Ricochet, find out about surf dog events, help support/donate to these causes, learn how to teach your dog to surf, and more! Here is a little bit of Ricochet's story--from the perspective of Ricochet--that she tells on her website. "I'm a multi faceted SURFice dog that has raised thousands and thousands of dollars for charitable causes (over $47,500 in just 10 months!), and inspired millions of people with my SURFice dog video, which went viral and has over 2.6 million views! I also surf for fun, and have won several surf dog competitions. But, my main focus is working with people with disabilities in a non traditional way, and supporting human/animal causes....I was born, and raised as part of the Puppy Prodigies Neo-Natal & Early Learning Program with hopes of becoming a service dog for a person with a disability. But, they tell me I'm a little too interested in chasing birds, and other small animals. So, my career path changed, and instead of becoming a service dog, I became a SURFice dog! Now, I have a personal initiative called "Surfin' for Paws-abilities" which raises awareness, and funds for human/animal causes....When I'm not surfing or fund raising, I'm involved in goal assisted therapy working with children through Pawsitive Teams or animal assisted activities through Therapy Dogs Incorporated....I also love lure coursing, and chasing birds and other critters very, VERY much! I hope you enjoy learning about my surfing adventures, surf contests, and fundraising efforts... as much as I enjoy doing them!"

Thursday, August 26, 2010

8/27--Summer Beach Party Doggie Cafe

There will be a Summer Beach Party Doggie Cafe hosted by the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA on Friday, August 27th (tomorrow) from 6 to 8pm at their Gaines Street location. Their website says, "Have fun socializing with other dog lovers and their dogs while you practice teaching your dog how to be calm around exciting distractions like people, other dogs and food! Dogs should be friendly and on-leash. One dog per human handler please. Dogs should be at least 4 months old and up-to-date on all vaccines, including rabies, to attend. Limited beverages, sandwiches, salads, and more available for purchase. Complimentary desserts and dog treats provided. Behavior and Training specialists "on-paw" to answer training questions. $10 suggested donation for the event. Summer-themed pictures will also be available for a $5 fee...RSVP on-line or by calling 619-299-7012 ext 2230."

8/27--Furry Fashionistas



This looks so fun...and a great way to get you and your dog out of the house on a Friday evening! On Friday, August 27th (tomorrow) Rancho Coastal Human Society is partnering with St. Germain's and Muttropolis to hold the End of Summer Furry Fashionistas. There will be a Yappy Hour at 4pm, and Fashion Show at 6pm. This is a free event and your dog is encouraged to participate! Event held at 1010 South Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 753-5411.

8/28--Wags to Riches Rummage Sale

In a previous post, I talked about how if you are into garage saleing, you could find a community garage sale and walk your dog at the same time! We have done that a couple times with Penny. We of course make sure we stop by a local coffee house on the way. Sometimes we don't find any treasures, but its a great way to get you and your dog some exercise! Penny always likes a new walk, instead of the same old routine too. This Saturday, August 28th there will be a Wags to Riches rummage sale to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center from 7am to 2pm. The website explains, "We will be holding our first rummage sale... in Helen Woodward Animal Center's riding arena located at 6461 El Apajo Rd., Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067. 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit the programs of Helen Woodward Animal Center. Refreshments will be available... We will see you at the sale!"

Monday, August 23, 2010

8/26--Art Walk

Thursdays On the Coast Art Walk is held in downtown Carlsbad at the Shops at Village Faire on the last Thursday of each month from 5:30-8:30pm, year-round. The next Art Walk will be held on August 26th. I'm assuming this is held outside. In other words, I don't think it should be a problem to bring along the family dog! Check out the art, music, food and fun.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

8/28--Poochie Couture Fashion Show

Check out the Poochie Couture Fashion Show next Saturday, August 28th from 2-3:30pm at the Encinitas Community Center at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive Encinitas, 92024 to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Local pooches will strut their fashion stuff! The site says, "You'll see delightful canine fashions for 'Breakfast at Sniffany's,' 'Yappy Hour,' 'Howl-o-ween' and more! Sure to be entertaining and an enjoyable experience. Seating is limited so purchase your tickets today. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Displays * Raffle Prizes * Light Refreshments. To purchase tickets, please click here: http://poochiecouture.eventbrite.com/ "

Thursday, August 19, 2010

8/21--2nd Annual Dog Day Afternoon

On Saturday, August 21st from 1-4 pm, The Sculptors Guild at Studio 36 will be having their Second Annual Dog Day Afternoon in Spanish Village, Balboa Park. The posting I found on Craiglist says there will be "lots of themed sculptures to see, free lemonade and cookies, a raffle basket from Petco, and entertainment by Mountain Ghost. 10% of proceeds go to the San Diego Humane Society. Come join us for a fun afternoon! Dog treats for your furry best friend!" 10% of all sales will be donated to the Humane Society.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

8/21--Surfer Dog



Want to teach your dog to surf? There is one Doggie Surf Clinic date left, on Saturday, August 21st, from 9am-11am. The dog clinic will last for about an hour and it will be held at dog beach. This clinic benefits Helen Woodward Animal Center. So you are getting you and your dog down to the beach for some great fun and supporting a wonderful center. Also, after the clinics will be a free special fitness class for you and your dog by Leash Your Fitness. Check out the Doggie Surf Clinic link above for more info and to sign up.

Friday, August 13, 2010

8/14--CCI Graduation

This is not an event you will be able to bring your dog to, but something you may want to check out for yourself! Canine Companions for Independence graduation ceremony will be held this Saturday, August 14th at Noon in Oceanside. Graduations are open to the public and admission is free. Their website explains, "Canine Companion's graduation ceremonies occur four times a year. At these inspiring events, people with disabilities graduate with their new, highly-trained assistance dogs. These dogs have been in training for over two years and know approximately 50 commands including opening doors, turning on/off lights, and retrieving dropped objects. The graduation ceremony is the culmination of an intensive, residential, two-week Team Training course with these new human/canine partners at the Canine Companions Southwest Regional Training Center in Oceanside." Penny's cousin is a CCI doggy! He is so smart and sweet, and is such a gift to the people he serves!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

8/14 & 8/21--Surfer Dog



Got a dog that wants to surf? Want to teach your dog to surf? There are two Doggie Surf Clinic dates left, on Saturday, August 14th and Saturday, August 21st, from 9am-11am. The dog clinic will last for about an hour and it will be held at dog beach. These clinic benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center. So you are getting you and your dog down to the beach for some great fun and supporting a wonderful center. Also, after the clinics will be a free special fitness class for you and your dog by Leash Your Fitness. Check out the Doggie Surf Clinic link above for more info and to sign up.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

8/14--Dog Days of Summer!



Dog Days of Summer Canine Festival! This looks like it's going to be a big, fun community dog event you won't want to miss! Besides it being advertised on the internet, when we were down in Cardiff last weekend, we saw tons of signs for it! This event will be held this Saturday, August 14th from 10am to 3pm in Cardiff at 124 Aberdeen Drive. There will be dog contests, a raffle, and will be a great way for your dog to get some social time with other dogs and get some exercise! Check out the link above for more info.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

8/8--Art in the Village

Free Family Fun! Check out Art in the Village in downtown Carlsbad (on State Street & Grand Avenue) this Sunday, August 8th from 9am to 5pm. (Again, this looks like an event you could bring your dog to as it appears to be outside...I would just make sure your dog is well-mannered and doesn't get too close to the artwork.) The website states that the event will be "featuring over 100 of the finest artists and artisans in the region." The website also says there will be live music, food, art lessons, demonstrations. Plus, it's right near the beach, so you and your dog could also go for a stroll along the seawall.

Friday, August 6, 2010

8/8--Big Dogs Rock adoption event

Thinking about adding another dog to your family??? Well, here's the perfect opportunity! The 4th Annual Big Dogs Rock Adoption Event hosted by The San Diego Animal Support Foundation will be held this Sunday, August 8th 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fiesta Island (Across from the Off-Leash Dog Beach in the OTL area). The site says, "If you love big dogs, join us on Fiesta Island for a very special adoption event featuring BIG DOGS ONLY (large breeds), and puppies that will eventually be big dogs! This is an ANNUAL event, bringing together dozens of San Diego’s finest non-profit rescue agencies and shelters, featuring 100-150 large dogs all in one place!
The Big Dogs Rock Adoption Event was designed to make the adoption process easier for people who prefer large breeds, bringing them to just one place where they can find their perfect pet among hundreds of big dogs. It’s become one of the largest, most popular annual adoption events in San Diego.The economy continues to plague the animal welfare community, and there simply are not enough homes for large dogs. So, this year’s event will also focus on encouraging big dog lovers to come out and learn how to become a temporary foster guardian. Foster families prevent dogs from being killed in shelters. Rescue agencies and shelters provide all food and medical care while the dogs are in foster homes, so it costs the foster guardian nothing to save a life. Potential foster families will get a chance to meet and interview representatives from more than 15 local agencies to find the one they like best. To help transition adopted dogs to their new homes, all dogs will go home with goodies, including quality health food, shampoo/conditioner, toys, and gift certificates for free services like pet-sitting, dog walking and grooming! Adoption fees vary by organization.... Bring your own dog to play on the famous off-leash dog beach, and maybe take home your new best friend or four-legged foster dog! Call 619-847-8755 for more info."

8/7--The Green Expo

This Saturday, August 7th will be The Green Expo at Loma Point - Liberty Station, NTC Park 2455 Cushing Rd., San Diego , CA 92106. (While I don't know for certain, this sounds like an outdoors event you may be able to bring your dog with you to.) The website explains, "A Green Day Festival is a multi-city campaign dedicated to connecting people to resources and information for a greener planet, life with a focus on the dawning era of creativity, and innovation in "green technology" (also known as "clean technology"). The Expos and Festivals are bringing together pioneers dedicated to the promise of a healthier planet, as well as the prospect of growing businesses that promote sustainability.... Live entertainment, raffles, exhibitors, educational workshops, speakers, children’s activities presented by Nature of Art- including mural painting, and an Eco Parade. The event also features eco awareness to save the Earth, cultural arts, dance, and live music at a concert stage. Its A Green Day in San Diego will be an earth-friendly experience that is thought provoking, inspiring and enjoyable for all. Consumers today are daily being encouraged by the media, the government their friends and employers, even their kids, to 'go green.'" Check out the link above for more info on this event.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dog friendly beach at Carlsbad Lagoon

We have visited the Carlsbad lagoon (off of Bayshore Drive) a couple times with Penny now and she loves it! We have tried taking her in the pool and she's not a fan (I think because she can't tell how far down that first step is), but she loves the lagoon. Here, she's retrieving a toy that we threw for her. And she's so funny, because each and every time she comes up onto the sand from the water she has to shake the water off of her even though seconds later she's right back in the water. Goof ball! It's a great way for her to get some exercise and cool off this summer. Hope to see you and your dog down there soon too!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

7/31--National Mutts Day

Saturday, July 31st is National Mutts Day! Get out and celebrate with your mutt!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dog Park in Carlsbad

Have you and your dog been to the dog park in Carlsbad off of Carlsbad Village Drive (just east of El Camino Real)? We have been quite a few times. It's nice and big and open, and there are always other dogs there for yours to play with. There's a drinking fountain inside...one for humans and a lower one for the dogs, and some benches to sit at. The park is only a couple minute drive from the beach and just up the hill from a children's playground. Might be a fun place to check out this weekend!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

7/29--Art Walk

Thursdays On the Coast Art Walk is held in downtown Carlsbad at the Shops at Village Faire on the last Thursday of each month from 5:30-8:30pm, year-round. The next Art Walk will be held on July 29th. We've haven't been to this yet, but based on the venue, I'm assuming it's held outside. In other words, I don't think it should be a problem to bring along the family dog! Check out the art, music, food and fun.

7/30--Doggie Cafe

The San Diego Human Society in San Diego is hosting a Doggie Cafe on Friday, July 30th from 6-8pm. This is a fun time of socialization for you and your dog as well as learning. The site explains, "Have fun socializing with other dog lovers and their dogs while you practice teaching your dog how to be calm around exciting distractions like people, other dogs and food! Dogs should be friendly and on-leash. One dog per human handler please. Dogs should be at least 4 months old and up-to-date on all vaccines, including rabies, to attend. Limited beverages, sandwiches, salads, and more available for purchase. Complimentary desserts and dog treats provided. Behavior and Training specialists "on-paw" to answer training questions. $10 suggested donation for the event...RSVP on-line or by calling 619-299-7012 ext 2230."

Friday, July 23, 2010

My Puppy Dog Tales

This last Saturday, we headed to Solana Beach and enjoyed 'Jazz on Cedros.' Penny even ran into a 10-week-old miniature version of herself. (I almost took the puppy home with me, although I don't think it's owners would have been very happy about that.) While there, we stopped in at Muttropolis where they were having an ice cream social for all the doggies. And while in Muttropolis, we met Audrey Teno of My Puppy Dog Tales. She is a very talented doggie photographer who was there taking pictures of all the dogs! Here, I've posted a picture she took of Penny...too cute!!! She was so nice and so patient as Penny kept wanting to get up and sniff around. If you think about it, we take pictures all the time of our family and friends, but how often do you take a picture of your pet? And we all know that our pets are definitely a part of our family. Wouldn't a photo of your pet, or you and your pet make such a great Christmas card, Thanksgiving greeting, or just a fun summer family photo!?! On her site she explains, "I will capture the personality of your beloved pet so that you can keep those images for all time. Some of what I shoot will be fun and silly, some artistic and others will be abstract...I guarantee a great time for your pet." I would definitely recommend checking out her site http://sandiegopetphotos.blogspot.com/ and her beautiful photos!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

7/29--Yappy Hour Cookout



Check out the Yappy Hour Cookout at Three Dog Bakery in Del Mar on Thursday, July 29th from 5-7pm. This event benefits FOCAS which is a non-profit, volunteer organization that helps lost and abandoned dogs and cats in San Diego Animal Services' shelters. "

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

7/24--Pooch Boot Camp

On Saturday June 24th, from 9:30 to 10:30 am (arrive at 9am), Muttropolis will be hosting a Pooch Boot Camp with Tamilee & Izzie. Tamilee is the founder of the famous Buns of Steel videos. It will be an hour of fitness and fun in the Muttropolis front yard in Solana Beach. Make sure you call the store ahead of time to sign up because space is limited.(858) 755-DOGS (3647)

Monday, July 19, 2010

7/21--Ready for the Races?

So, are you ready for the Del Mar Races? Do you have that perfect hat to wear on opening day? What about for your pooch? The Muttropolis in Solana Beach is hosting a Del Mar Opening Day & Hat Contest on Wednesday, July 21st from 7-8pm. Their Facebook site says, "Muttropolis is celebrating Opening Day at the Del Mar Race Track by hosting our very own pup & parent hat contest! Prizes will be given to the best-dressed pooch! Dress your pooch to the nines and get creative with the hat! All breeds are welcome to join us for a night of fun while your pooches enjoy off-leash playtime and socialization. Wine and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases the night of the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch!"

Friday, July 16, 2010

7/17--Ice Cream Social


Wow, has the weather been hot! Let your dog cool off with some ice cream. The Muttropolis store in Solana Beach is hosting an Ice Cream Social for your pooch on Saturday, July 17th from 11am to 2pm. Plus, while you're there, you can check out 'Jazz on Cedros' (see the posting below). Muttropolis' Facebook page says, "Today, pooches of all breeds are invited to cool off from the summer sun with an ice cream social - with complimentary Nature's Variety SweetSpots frozen treats for the dogs!During this great event, we'll also have snacks and beverages for the pet parents, and everyone will recei...ve a 10% discount coupon for any purchases the day of the event. All pups will receive a complimentary goodie bag as well!I scream, you scream...all the dogs scream for ICE CREAM!"

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

7/17--Jazz on Cedros

Stroll down Cedros (in Solana Beach) while listening to some great jazz with your dog! Jazz on Cedros will be held on Saturday, July 17th, from 12:30 to 5 pm. What a fun, relaxing way to spend a summer day in July! Plus, there is a Muttropolis store on Cedros you can pop into.

Monday, July 12, 2010

7/18--"Tree of Life"

Check out the "Tree of Life" fundraiser event for pets on Sunday, July 18th from 1 to 3pm at The Veterinary Speciality Hospital at 10435 Sorrento Valley Road, San Diego 92121. There will be some great raffle prizes. The FACE website says, "Please join FACE, the Veterinary Specialty Hospital and fellow animal lovers as we celebrate the unconditional love of our pets at the unveiling of our 65ft. 'Tree of Life' mural. You will enjoy live music, hors d' oeurves and wine, an educational seminar on 'How to recognize if your pet is having an emergency and what to do about it' and mix and mingle with your precious pet and favorite vet...Space in our stunning 65ft mural at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital is still available for your pet, but filling up quickly! Animal lovers have already commissioned 16 portraits and nearly 100 individual leaves, each representing a beloved life. If you'd like your pet added to the mural before the unveiling celebration please contact us ASAP! ...This is an RSVP required event!" Check out the link to find out more about RSVPing and more details.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

7/14--Relaxing Rex Doggie Massage

Come and bring your dog to the Relaxing Rex Doggie Massage at the La Jolla Muttropolis store on Wednesday, July 14th from 7 to 8pm. Muttropolis' Facebook page explains, "Tonight, we are happy to offer complimentary 10-minute doggie massages by Anastasia Lang, owner of Relaxing Rex Canine Massage. Anastasia will also be available to answer questions and chat about the importance of massage! Remember, our dogs feel the same stresses and pain that we do when they work and play too hard, are recovering from injuries and surgery, or are just getting older. Just like humans, massage can help them feel better and recover faster! Massage is also very helpful for performance, athletic and competitive dogs. For dogs with behavioral issues, like fear and anxiety, massage can be very beneficial as a touch therapy. Anastasia is a graduate of the Lang Institute for Canine Massage, a 682 hour course focusing on canine anatomy, physiology, pathology, structure & movement. Massage is just a part of a 'whole dog' approach to your dog’s health, which also includes proper nutrition, exercise and veterinary care. All breeds are welcome to join us for a night of fun while your pooches enjoy off-leash playtime and socialization. Wine and light appetizers will be served for you, treats for your pooch. Receive a 10% discount coupon for any purchases the night of the event, along with a complimentary goodie bag for your pooch!www.relaxingrex.com"

Friday, July 9, 2010

Happy Friday!


I love these pictures of Penny and her doggy
'cousin' down at the beach admiring the waves.
It was their first time meeting each other and they had a blast! Can't wait to get together again.


Hope to see you all down at the beach this weekend!