We’re wacky for our pets; it can’t be denied. They may require tons of time and energy, lead to high hospital bills and even increase homeowners insurance rates, but they’re always worth it. Check out some of the crazy things we do for our pets — from including them in family portraits to giving them presents on their birthdays.
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We love our dogs and take them with us whenever we can, but I think it is safe to say that scuba diving is where we draw the line.
Check out this video and article from the LA Times blog.
Dog owner Sergei Gorbunov of Vladivostok, Russia, doesn’t seem to share our qualms, however. The professional diver has equipped his dachshund, Boniface, with a wetsuit and helmet designed to allow him to breathe underwater, and he’s trying to convince the little guy that diving is really a great idea.
On our way home from the vet I took my eldest son Gary to the new Petco Unleashed store by our house. It was their grand opening and they were offering free professional photos of dogs from The Picture People.
Naturally I said “yes” to having the pictures taken, not even thinking that while they take them for free, I’d still have to pay for them if I wanted copies of the images.
Guess what? I paid for them! How could I not? They turned out so cute.
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No one ever wants to have to go to the emergency room, whether for a human or an animal. Last night we had to go.
When I got home my elderly wiener dog Gary had a terrible limp and was whimpering in severe pain. We checked his paw for glass or a splinter and his leg for a tender area, but couldn’t find a thing.
Being new to the 15 corridor area, our primary vet is still in Bay Park and we have never gone to an ER by our new house. On the Internet we relied.
Gary resting at home on his new orthopedic aero bed for dogs.
The first place that popped up when we did a search was the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic. So off we went.
It turns out that Gary has a bulging or ruptured disk in his neck; I’ll get the full details after we visit our primary vet for radiology this afternoon.
But I am writing this post to tell you about the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic as it was a wonderful place and one I would recommend if you ever have a situation arise like we did.
They are located on Poway Road near Carriage Drive. The office is clean and the staff is friendly and attentive. They are opened from 5 p.m. through the night. Our vet communicated with Gary better than any other vet I’ve seen. She sat down on the floor with him and let him get comfortable with her before she began treating him. She spent the entire appointment sitting on the floor. Gary was very receptive to her because of it.
She took plenty of time with us explaining what was going on, our options, the costs associated with treatment and the next steps. The staff gave us an estimate of fees so we knew what to expect. The prices were very reasonable. When I called our primary vet this morning they had already received a full report from the ER clinic before 8 a.m.
I hope we don’t ever have to visit the animal ER again, but if we do I will trust the Poway Animal Emergency Clinic with my dogs’ care in a heartbeat … and you should too.
It was a windy day, but we had fun regardless
Today we decided to get out of the house with the dogs, so we headed to Del Mar dog beach to enjoy the beautiful day. This was our first time at the dog beach in Del Mar and we really enjoyed it.
It is smaller than the dog beach in Coronado, where we usually take the boys, but it is equally as clean and just as much fun.
After the boys ran around and made friends with beagles, great danes, labradors and other wiener dogs, we got back in the car and headed up to Del Mar village for lunch. We ate on the patio of the dog-friendly Americana Cafe. More on that in the next post.
Dexter's Deli Bakery Case
After that, we took the boys to Dexter’s Deli so Gary (my oldest dog son) could pick out his birthday cake for his party next month. They had so many delicious-looking goodies to chose from. While all of the cakes are made for dogs, the owner told me that humans can eat them if they remove the dog bones from the top. Carrot cake with peanut butter frosting sounds good to me.
As we were chatting with the man at the front desk of our hotel, he offered to give us a coupon for two free wine tastings at Fess Parker Winery. Not people to turn down “free,” we decided to make a pit stop on our way out.
The Fess Parker Winery is owned by the late Fess Parker, who played Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the Disney movies of the 1950’s and ’60’s, and his family. The virtues that made these characters lives, and probably Fess Parker’s as well, are amazingly apparent when you enter the winery.
First, there are coon-skin hats everywhere … and not just for people, but for wine bottles too. That was a first for me to see a fur on a wine bottle. The winery is vast and very out-door driven. The wine-tasting building is surrounding by a giant grassy area where families share picnic food, play games and even romp with their dogs.
As you drive into the winery it is impossible to miss the beautiful rose-bush-lined fences leading to the gate and building entrance. Inside the winery, you get a woodsy, log cabin feel that is punctuated by the enormous stone fireplace in the back.
The tasting room offers 6 varietals per tasting, all of which were unique and good in their own way.
This concludes my week of posting on the Santa Ynez Valley. I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as we did.