Sat 11.20.10

Most dogs don’t really care whether it’s rainy, windy, cold or warm. Opal and Dixie happen to love crisp, cold weather with only a hint of a breeze. They’re not fans of the heat; probably due to their heavy black coats. I, on the other hand, love sunny, scorching, sweltering heat. I am not-not-NOT a fan of San Francisco weather, which is typically cold, misty, foggy and windy.

When we first adopted Opal she hated the rain, and when it’d be stormy or rainy... Read more

Sun 09.12.10

The truth is, there IS no dealing with cat pee. This is why I haven’t blogged in so long. I’ve been physically and emotionally drained by my attempts to deal with it.

The story:  I rescued Mia, otherwise known as Kitten (spoken in a very specific manner, as will be described a bit later), and brought her into our humble home after my dearest kitty, Nini, had to drift over the rainbow bridge last year. I happened to be in one of... Read more

Fri 09.03.10

I’m often asked what the difference is between the terms, “Natural” and “Organic.” The answer is really quite simple:

Natural refers to ingredients derived from plants, minerals, or algae. Organic describes substances grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and processed without man-made chemicals. Natural skin care products, though cultivated naturally, may use certain chemicals like pesticides, herbicides and sludge. Organic skincare products are... Read more

Fri 08.27.10

Although it is ideal for you to travel with doggie or kitty in tow, some situations just won’t allow for it.  Maybe it’s a business trip to meet with potential clients or a once-in-a-lifetime excursion that isn’t pet friendly.  Whatever the reason, if you have to leave Fido and Fluffy at home and you want to make sure that your pet's time apart from you is as comfortable and safe as possible.  Moi? I rarely take long trips because I can't bear to be away from my... Read more

Sat 08.21.10

Like many humans, four-year-old Lucy won’t let a disability get in the way of her living her life.  This week, the mixed breed became the first paralyzed dog to climb Mt. Washington. You might wonder how she did it.  Well, for starters there were plenty of rest breaks that allowed Lucy to eat and drink.  There were also several weeks of training with her owner, Dunning, that allowed her to get used to longer hikes and higher altitudes. 

The 6,288 foot peak... Read more

Sat 08.14.10

Let’s face it.  The dog days of summer are here to stay and a trip to the beach sounds like a marvelous idea for you and your furry best friend (if you live anywhere but in San Francisco, that is… where it’s winter, and it has been for months). Because you’re lucky enough to live in a hot and sunny part of the country, you are ready to take advantage of your beautiful weather and head to the beach. You pack up the essentials—a picnic basket, your dog’s leash and... Read more

Tue 08.10.10

Oh, Happy Day! Daily Kibble has selected our site to feature as today’s Daily Scoop!

Daily Kibble is a daily e-mail newsletter and web site featuring “the latest, greatest, hottest, and coolest everything for pets: things to do, things to buy, and services for our furry four-legged best friends.” I love my Daily Kibble emails. I don’t eat them – I just read them. Learn more about Daily Kibble at their website,!

Sat 07.31.10

Animal Lover, Author, Massage Therapist, and Yoga Instructor Brenda Bryan believes in the healing powers of her Barking Buddha Dogma classes.  Both she and I believe that aging pets benefit physically and psychologically from the Hatha-based Yoga stretches that she teaches.  Older dogs suffering from hip dysplasia and other ailments feel relief by improving muscular skeletal health.  Opal and Dixie happen to wake up each morning and do their own versions of doga --... Read more

Mon 07.26.10

I wish I could share with you all the great photos we’ve taken of Opal, Dixie and our slew of kitties, both past and present. They’re so photogenic and have unique personalities that are easily captured on film.

A great photograph speaks for itself; it captures its subject perfectly and conveys a message about the time, place, and mood.  Taking a memorable photograph of your pet doesn’t require professional equipment or skills.  A simple digital camera will... Read more

Mon 07.19.10

As my friend Rachel and I were saying this morning, we're all sick and tired of people trying to sell us things these days. I, for one, am fed up with being stopped at every corner by someone with a petition when all I want to do is take a leisurely stroll. I can't help but feel intruded upon when I innocently answer the phone, only to have someone ask me to donate something, or when I read an informative article about nutrition, only to learn that the piece has been... Read more