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20 Facts on Pet Ownership in the U.S.

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.

Source: Dogatar.com

Pet Ownership in America
Via: Homeowners Insurance

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Scuba Diving Dachshund

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.


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St. Germain’s Cafe

My friend Stacey Ross, aka San Diego Bargain Mama, has been telling me all about Yappy Hour at St. Germain’s Cafe in downtown Encinitas.  Scott and I finally made it out there on Friday night.  The owner, Roy Salameh, has done a fantastic job creating a delicious menu and warm, inviting environment.

That is a real parrot on the singer's shoulder

Their weekly Yappy Hours are open to humans and animals of all kinds – birds, dogs … whatever – and proceeds from the Yappy Hours go to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.   They have live music played by Endangered Speciez … quite an appropriate name for the event, but Roy told me it was just a coincidence.

Scott ordered a California chicken sandwich that came with sweet potato fries;

California chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries.

I had the Mediterranean platter that boasted the owner’s family recipe of homemade humus.  Both meals were delicious.

St. Germain’s is open for breakfast and lunch daily; and for dinner during Yappy Hour a few days a week.

My dinner ... Yum!

The restaurant is looking to open seven days a week for dinner soon.  Definitely check it out.


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Longshadow Ranch

We’ve visited many of the Temecula valley wineries; however, the one that keeps us coming back is Longshadow Ranch.  Yesterday we went on our seventh annual Grape Escape – this time in honor of our friend Megan who is moving to England and celebrating her birthday.

We made stops at two other wineries along the trail, but Longshadow Ranch still stood out as my favorite.  Why? The comfort of the venue and the animals. And the wine is good too.

Longshadow Ranch is the place we take a break and picnic.  The staff is amenable to large groups and the tastings are done mostly outside where there is plenty of room.  What’s more, the entire winery is filled with animals, including horses, goats and dogs.

In the evenings sometimes and on special occasions,  the winery offers live music on its stage.  This place is definitely worth a stop during any visit to Temecula.

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A Trip to the Doggie ER

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.


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Fess Parker Winery

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.


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The Coolest Thing To Do in San Diego: Leash Your Fitness

Two of my favorite things to do are teaching aerobics and hanging out with my dogs, Gary and Patrick.  There is a company in San Diego that allows me to do both at once – Leash Your Fitness.  

Scott Getting Kisses from Patrick

Dogs Help with Push-Ups Too

I’m not just saying it because I work for them, I really do think that the concept of getting a legitimate work-out with your best furry friend by your side is just about the coolest thing to do here in town.  

The classes are boot-camp-style and combine endurance, agility, dog training, strength training, flexibility and stretching.  Students get a great work out, and so do the dogs.  Studies have shown that the best way to tire your dog out is to stimulate him mentally and physically, which is why all Leash Your Fitness classes incorporate dog commands into the exercises. 

Sit-ups: Debbie and her 1-year-old Great Dane Murphy

I have taught all types of dogs from Chihuahuas to great danes.  My wild wiener dogs have improved on their obedience since we’ve starting going/teaching, as well.  Before they had zero manners … now they have a few. 

If you have a dog and need to exercise, come join me Tuesday nights at Mission Bay Park at 6.  If that location isn’t convenient, there are also locations in Coronado, Carmel Valley and El Cajon.  The classes will be expanding to North County – both coastal and along the 15 corridor – in the next few months.

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