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Buddha Dog Summer 2009 Newsletter

Everyone's Ready For Some Summer Fun!


My Shirley and Shug at Leo Carrillo Dog Beach in Malibu

Hello Friends!

There has been a lot going on that I wanted to share with you all.  I thank you all for everything you do, and for taking the time to read the newsletter.  I'd love to hear from you and I hope to see you all soon!  Kisses to all the furry friends out there!

Have a wonderful Summer and Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there!

Peace and Love,
Pam

p.s.  Please make sure your animals are microchipped and wearing ID before the dreaded fireworks of July 4th, when the shelters fill up with dogs and cats that have run away.  They will go to extremes like digging holes to get under fences and crashing through sliding glass doors.  Don't let this happen to your family!  Thank you.

Buddha Dog on Animal Planet's "Beverly Hills Groomer"

My dogs Shug and Shirley and I had such a fun time filming this "Beverly Hills Groomer" episode at WagVille with Artist Knox (Groomer Has It's "Groomer of the Year"), his brother Desmond, and Artist's dog Bumpy Johnson.  Here's a rough copy:

Artist has opened a new salon in Hollywood! Check it out!
http://artistgrooms.com

Don't miss "Beverly Hills Groomer" on Saturdays at 7 PM E/P on Animal Planet!


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Buddha Dog at Pasadena Live H2O "Water to Darfur" Festival This Weekend, June 20 & 21st

http://www.missionlight.org
http://liveH2O.org

Buddha Dog will have a booth and will be offering dog massages!

88 North Fair Oaks, Old Town Pasadena, 91103

 SPECIAL GUESTS:  Dr Masaru Emoto & Dr Leonard Horowitz

Music!  Performers!  Speakers!  Celebrities!  Activities!  Drummers!  Flutes!  Eco Village Exhibits!  Radio! Films!  Global Webcast!  Health & Wellness Information!


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Buddha Dog at Center for Spiritual Living 2nd Annual CRITTER DAY/PET FAIRE event on June 27th

Saturday, June 27- 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Center for Spiritual Living 2nd Annual CRITTER DAY/PET FAIRE event

Buddha Dog will have a table here all day, and I will be doing a workshop on Animal Massage! :)

Adoptions! Education! Speakers! Vendors!

The purpose of CRITTER DAY is to bring awareness to the community regarding responsible pet ownership.

One Hour Workshops on Chinese Medicine, Animal Massage, Animal Advocacy, Animal Communication, and Nutrition.

Pleasant Valley Church of Religious Science
Center for Positive Living

221 Daily Drive, Suite 1
Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 482-4300

The Center for Spiritual Living is presenting their Second Annual CRITTER DAY/PET FAIRE on Saturday, June 27, from 10 AM - 3 P.M. This event is in conjunction with PVCSL’s celebration of kinship with all life.

CRITTER DAY was created to bring responsible pet guardianship awareness to the community and to provide local businesses an opportunity to enjoy excellent exposure for their goods, services, causes and products.

PETS WELCOME! Lots of Pet-Related Booths, Pet Treats, Clothing, Nutrition, Photo Ops, Massages, Food, Amazing Raffle items, Workshops, Family Fun with a focus on responsible Pet Guardianship, education and entertainment.

WHEN:
Saturday - JUNE 27 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WORKSHOP REGISTRATION AT 9-9:45 a.m.

WHERE:
THE CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
221 Daily Dr., Camarillo, CA

HOW MUCH:
ADMISSION TO FAIRE IS FREE
PET WORKSHOPS - $10-20  (ask for special rates for groups of 10 or more)
(in between Carrows and Marie Callenders & lots of free parking)

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS:
* ADOPTIONS ON SITE WITH “CANINE ADOPTION RESCUE LEAGUE”! http://www.carlvc.org
* AMAZING RAFFLE PRIZES!
* FREE PET BLESSINGS ALL DAY!

CRITTER DAY PET FAIRE
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Well-behaved critters are welcome to all workshop events. Water bowls will be available.

11 - 11:35 a.m.- ADVOCACY
* Room Four (door opens at 10:45)
$10.00
MISSY WOODWARD of CRITTER CRUSADES
Pawsitive Talk on Animal Advocacy. www.crittercrusades.com

12 NOON - 12:35 - NUTRITION
* Room Four (door opens at 11:45)
$10.00
DEBBIE ZIMMERMAN- BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL MASSAGE-Nutrition

12 NOON - 12:45 p.m.-ACUPUNCTURE
* Sanctuary (door opens at 11:45)
$20 ADULTS
$10 KIDS UNDER 10
DR. LIZ FERNANDEZ- ANIMAL ACUPUNCTURIST
Keeping pets healthy using ancient Chinese Medicine.
www.acupuncture4pets.net

1 p.m.-1:35 p.m. BUDDHA DOG MASSAGE
* Room Four (door opens at 12:45)
$10.00 ADULTS
$5.00 KIDS UNDER 10
PAM HOLT of BUDDHA DOG MASSAGE
Benefits of animal massage are endless!
www.buddhadog.com

1 p.m.- 2 p.m. - CLEAN CRITTER COMEDY HOUR
* Sanctuary- (door opens at 12:45)
$10 ADULTS
$5.00 KIDS UNDER 10
* CLEAN CRITTER COMEDY HOUR
with ANDY FERNANDEZ AND JASON LOVE FROM "HARBOR COMEDY CLUB"

2 p.m.- 3 p.m.- ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR
* Sanctuary- (door opens at 1:45
$20 ADULTS-
$10.00 KIDS UNDER 10
CANDI CANE COOPER- ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR
Acclaimed animal communicator with commitment to mesh human/animal in mind
www.thesweetwaterranch.com

2-3 p.m. PANEL DISCUSSION
* Room Four (door opens at 1:45)
$10.00 ADULTS
$5.00 KIDS UNDER 10
FEATURING:
PAM HOLT of BUDDHA DOG MASSAGE
DR. LIZ FERNANDEZ- ANIMAL ACUPUNCTURIST
DEBBIE ZIMMERMAN- BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL MASSAGE-Nutrition


TO PRE- REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS CALL (818) 876-0454 c/o Capers
or write to LATRFC@AOL.COM (put Pet Faire in subject box)

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Buddha Dog's FIRST Angel of The Month Featured in The Pet Press is Big Daddy!

Every month, Buddha Dog will sponsor an ad in The Pet Press that will feature an angel in need of adoption.  The first angel is "Big Daddy":



Big Daddy is a 7-yr-old, 55 lb. sweet Am Staff that was rescued from death row at the South L.A. shelter.  He refused to fight, so was used as a bait dog and all his teeth were knocked out.  His wounds are healing now and he needs someone to love in a foster or forever home.  Please contact Strangest Angels Animal Rescue: strangestangelsr@yahoo.com 818-625-7723 www.strangestangels.org







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Important Summer Safety Information

BoNeedsAFriend.com...from a shelter!

Everyone wants to see the Broadway play the Obamas saw, everyone wants Michelle Obama's J. Crew sweater... if they adopted from a shelter, we could empty the shelters by the end of the year!  

Please write a quick letter to save so many lives! 
ADOPTION STOPS THE KILLING!  Thank you! :)



View more news videos at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/video.

The Obamas said...
they intended to adopt a dog. Mr. Obama was even featured in a book advocating adoption as a means to end puppy mills. When he accepted a gift of a $2000 dog, turning his back on the millions of suffering dogs he pledged to help, advocates were shocked and angered, knowing that for every dog purchased from a breeder, a shelter dog loses his chance to find a “forever home,” and is sentenced to death.

The President and Vice-President (who bought a dog from a puppy mill last fall) have fueled the dog breeding industry, ensuring puppy mills will prosper and millions more homeless pets will be euthanized, costing taxpayers BILLIONS. Mr. Obama says America condemns torture, yet puppy mills, overseen by the USDA, are nothing short of legalized torture. Urge him to set a humane example by adopting, creating a win-win: Millions of Americans will be inspired to adopt, emptying the shelters, saving the U.S. billions of dollars, and Bo will have a friend.

Please tell the President that this simple act will go a long way toward undoing the damage he and the VP have done to the adoption and anti-puppy mill movement.


Bo Needs A Friend. Please write the President and ask him to adopt a playmate for Bo from a shelter or rescue group. Letters from your heart are the most likely to reach his desk.

Come get your free "BoNeedsAFriend.com from a shelter" t-shirt, courtesy of Jana Kohl, at our Elite Animals protests, every Saturday from 1-3 PM at 8729 Santa Monica Blvd. in W. Hollywood, where materials and postage for this campaign are provided.

write a letter Write a letter
Sources tell us the best way to get the President’s
attention is by sending an old fashioned U.S.
postal letter, i.e., snail mail.

mail your letter Snail Mail it!
President & Mrs. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC 20500
 Sign up for updates at http://boneedsafriend.com!

EVERY 5 SECONDS A HOMELESS ANIMAL IS KILLED IN THE U.S.
Puppy mill dogs
COST TO TAXPAYERS TO CONTROL PET POPULATION
$2,500,000,000

Please call Governor Schwarzenegger to voice your opposition to decreasing hold times at shelters.

One of the budget cuts the governor is proposing includes decreasing the amount of time animal shelters are required to hold shelter animals to allow families to claim their lost members.  72 hours in not nearly enough time for people to claim their animals.  It costs more to "euthanize" (in quotations because killing a healthy animal cannot be called euthanization) an animal than to keep them for a couple of more days.  These innocent animals unlucky enough to end up in a shelter deserve so much better.  California animal lovers are trying to move towards being no-kill, not more kill. 

Please call Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at 916-445-2841 to let him know how wrong it would be to start killing stray animals after only 3 days instead of 6, as is required now.  It only takes a few seconds, and they seem to appreciate hearing our opinions.  You can also send an email here:
http://gov.ca.gov/interact#email

More Bemis Dogs in Need of Rescue!

Many of you are familiar with habitual hoarder Cindy Bemis, who keeps moving around to different counties after animal cruelty arrests to start up another collection without spaying and neutering.  She was successful in delaying her Los Angeles County trial for 3 long years, which kept her many dogs behind bars at the shelter as "evidence dogs", meaning they couldn't be adopted until the trial was over.  She is now in jail in Kern County with her sentencing scheduled for June 24th.  There have been many trips to get the 200+ dogs and about 30 cats off the property, but many still remain. 

Please contact below asking for maximum sentence and that Cindy Bemis not be allowed to collect animals ever again:

PLEASE INCLUDE CASE# BF123437A
Andrea Kohler
Kern Co. District Attorneys Office
1215 Truxtun Av.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
661-868-2340
dacriminal@co.kern.ca.us

The Honorable Kenneth C. Twisselman II
Kern Co. Superior Court
1415 Truxtun Av. 1st Floor, Courtroom 8
Bakersfield, CA 93301
661-868-7204

If anyone would like to attend the sentencing on Wednesday, June 24th, please contact me to join a carpool to Kern County.

Please donate to Evidence of Love Animal Care (EOLAC), a 501(c)(3) set up to help the Bemis dogs in DESPERATE need of rescue & medical care.

** Donations are tax-deductible **

PayPal Email: donate@EvidenceOfLove.org

Checks can be sent to:

EOLAC
15250 Ventura Blvd., Suite 100
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Attn: Stella Lee

THANK YOU!

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THANK YOU, Operation Blankets of Love!

I want to thank Eileen Smulson (and Brad & Ginger) of Operation Blankets of Love for getting up early in the morning to supply the rescuers and transporters of the Bemis animals in Mojave with TONS of blankets, towels, treats and towels.  Words cannot express my appreciation!


My friend Laura Cochrane, DVM on one of our transport trips to Mojave, stocked-up with blankets, sheets, towels, and treats from Operation Blankets of Love!

"Elite Animals" in W. Hollywood and "Puppy and Me" in Sherman Oaks get their Dogs from Puppy Mills!

Please come be a part of turning our city humane, store by store!
Ongoing protests are being held every Saturday from 2-4 at Elite Animals, 8729 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood (Parking at 901 Hancock: 1 hour free, 75 cents ea. 30 min after or meter parking- NY film crew will be there Sat., June 20th), and some Thursdays 1-3 and Saturdays 1-4 at Puppy and Me, 13753 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks (email jkrause@bestfriends.org, cc: tiffanih@bestfriends.org to confirm).  You can also contact me to find out where puppy mill protests will be held in the area on any given weekend.

Despite protests that began May 2nd after an undercover investigation of the puppy mill that supplies them, Elite Animals in West Hollywood has so far refused to go humane.  On May 12th, a meeting was held at city hall in West Hollywood where the owner of the store, Isabella Stroshnoy, had a civil discussion mediated by a representative of the city with members of the humane community from The Companion Animal Protection Society, The Animal Legal Defense Fund, In Defense of Animals, Best Friends Animal Society, The Amanda Foundation and Strangest Angels Animal RescuePlease see more details about the meeting in this article by Carole Raphaelle Davis at Wuffington Wag.  In summary, Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director of The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) presented evidence from the organization's undercover investigation of the puppy mill in Melrose, MN.  Graphic photos of neglect and cruelty were shown, along with reports from a consumer watchdog group called Pet Shop Puppies documenting sick and dying dogs bought from pet stores supplied by this mill, and proof of multiple incidents of the mill's non-compliance with the USDA.  The 2008 Farm Bill made it illegal to import dogs under 6 months of age to the United States, but Elite Animals has been offering puppies only weeks old sent here from Russia.  Elite Animals has been defrauding their customers by telling them the dogs were raised "in a house", not from a puppy mill, and have violated the CA "Puppy Lemon" law by not posting a consumers’ notice sign regarding the source of the dogs and vet treatment administered near the cages of dogs offered for sale as is required by CA Health & Safety Code §§ 122220, 122150 (see here).  The store agreed to cease and desist buying dogs for now, so CAPS canceled that weekend's protest.  But Elite Animals has since not shown any progress in moving towards doing business humanely, despite The Amanda Foundation agreeing to talks about teaming up to offer their rescues through the store.  I think they realize we're not going away until they go humane, but our best bet might be a new proposed ordinance by the city of West Hollywood, who already passed a resolution last year banning the sale of puppy mill dogs, but The Animal Legal Defense Fund will help them draft an enforceable ordinance against businesses supporting puppy mills.  For the latest information, please see this blog written by Carole Raphaelle Davishttp://www.puppymillmom.blogspot.com, and join us in turning L.A. Pet Stores humane!  There is real strength in numbers!


photo by Elle Wittelsbach of Strangest Angels Animal Rescue


Related Article:  A Wonderful New Trend in Pet Stores

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On June 2nd, Senator Dean Florez's SB 250 PASSED the Senate!

Thank you to everyone who sent faxes and made calls.
The tremendous outpouring of support was the deciding factor
for many Senators.

SB 250 is now moving to the Assembly.

Check back at the website soon, or join the email list for updates.

SPAY/NEUTER SAVES LIVES!

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"Beverly Hills Groomer" Artist Knox Opens Shop in Hollywood

Groomer of the Year Artist Knox has just opened his own salon, Artist Knox Pet Salon!


photo by Artist Knox

1616 Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood (Between Sunset and Hollywood Blvd.), 90028
Please call 323-463 3884 for an appointment
You WON'T be sorry!
http://www.artistgrooms.com


Me & Artist at "Party With The Big Dogs" at The Dog House
Artist filmed a segment on this day for an "E" Channel special about celebrities and their dogs.


I'm disturbing poor Bumpy Johnson (Artist's dog) during his nap.


Don't miss Artist and Bumpy's show on Animal Planet,
"Beverly Hills Groomer", every Saturday night at 7 PM E/P!


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Be Aware of Dangerous Flea & Tick Products

In light of the Environmental Protection Agency's investigation of spot-on flea & tick products, I wanted to remind everyone that there are safe alternatives.  The investigation is a result of increases in reports of adverse effects, ranging from mild skin irritation to death.  The probe not only includes the cheap Hartz products (that should have been taken off the market a long time ago), but it includes the more expensive brands like Advantage and Frontline.  Click here for the products being investigated.  At my house of many dogs and cats, we have not had to resort to chemicals in several years (I credit Brewer's Nutritional Yeast on their food).  Please see the link below if you missed the article I wrote last year on natural flea control:

Natural Flea Control from last summer's Buddha Dog newsletter

A product I discovered in the last year is from the wonderful Botanica Naturals, a cruelty-free, vegan company that donates a portion of profits to animal rescue:  Flea Free~ (FOR DOGS,CATS & HORSES) Flea Free ingredient list: witch hazel, lavender oil, neem oil, citronella oil, lemon balm, thyme oil, rosemary oil, aloe vera, all natural holistic botanicals known to repel fleas AND to promote healthy skin in an easy to use 6 ounce sprayer bottle. 9.95 plus modest shipping.  For more information:  BotanicaNaturals@aol.com

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Subscribe to The American Dog Magazine and Help Animals!

Subscribe to The American Dog (only $20 for a year!) and put "CAPS" in the "animal charity special code" to help Companion Animal Protection Society's puppy mill investigations, or put "Strangest Angels" to help Strangest Angels Animal Rescue, who rescues special needs animals from Los Angeles-area shelters.


The new issue features Carole Raphaelle Davis, Jana Kohl & Rory Freedman on the cover.

The American Dog Magazine actively promotes responsibility, accountability and a life-long commitment for every person that brings a dog into their home.  They focus on awareness of animal issues, including the nationwide pet overpopulation epidemic, the horrific cycle of animal abuse in puppy mills, the need to promote adoption of pets from our shelters and rescue groups and the importance of spaying or neutering your dogs and cats. Only with education and knowledge can we bring about positive change for animals and help curb the futile termination of 5 plus million animals each year in the "system."

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Meet Stu- A Dog Wrongly Imprisoned For Four Years By The City of Los Angeles


Stu with his angel and my friend, Marie Atake of Forte Animal Rescue.  Marie is a former Animal Services Board Commissioner who admirably gave up her position in her frustrating and heartbreaking fight for justice for Stu.

I have known Stu for years, and have spent all that time pleading for his freedom.  When I first met him, he was in isolation at the North Central Shelter where this social animal had spent years, forbidden to be taken on walks.  I knew this dog was not in the least bit "dangerous", as he had been labeled by the city.  I soon learned of the many political missteps in what turns out to be a personal vendetta against Stu's guardian, Jeff, starting with the "victim", who waited a full month to report the two bites she received from Stu while he was in her care after being injured in a fight with another dog.  The "victim" had the injured Stu in a corner and was putting a harness over his torn ear and he bit her twice on the arm out of pain/fear.  This woman hired a savvy lawyer and sued for millions, making up an elaborate story of being dragged across the floor.  Jeff's homeowner insurance paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to her.  Her greed condemned this dog to death.  Working in animal rescue, I have been unfortunate enough to recieve dog bites from scared and injured dogs.  I would never in a million years think of condemning any of these dogs for being dogs, using their natural instincts, which is ALL they have. 

Experts found Stu to NOT be dangerous, but this evidence was not allowed at his hearing.  The personal vendetta continued with an animal services board commissioner contacting Jeff before his hearing (against the rules) and making her own personal judgment about him, then sharing those feelings with other commissioners.  The disturbing trend continues and includes L.A. Animal Services' soon-departing General Manager,  Ed Boks and the Deputy City Attorneys,
Dov Lesel and Todd Leung,
who one would suspect might have something to do with canceling the latest meeting, and the last one before Stu's final hearing on June 18th (a decision from that is being awaited as this newsletter is being published), of the Board of Animal Commissioners, who were planning on voting on sending a recommendation to dismiss the case because Stu was not given due process and there is little chance of a fair trial at this point.  Jeff has made enemies, but this man and his dog have had no justice.  Stu's outcome will be decided very soon. 

Stu's story recently got some media coverage, and I urge everyone to read this article by Kate Woodviolet for more information
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-1779-LA-Pet-Rescue-Examiner~y2009m6d17-Playing-political-games-with-a-dogs-life. 

These are OUR tax dollars being spent for years to keep this now geriatric dog incarcerated, and I want everyone to know what some of our public servants are spending their time doing.  I have seen much of this travesty unfold, and I can tell you that Stu is an innocent dog paying for human pettiness.  Stu is an old dog now, having spent a third of his life away from home, in isolation.  He deserves to live out what little time he has left at home with the one that loves him and has spent years fighting and going broke for justice for this dog.  Stu is still forbidden to go on walks, though his quarters are a bit more desirable, thanks to the generosity of Bobby Dorafshar of New Leash on Life and K9s Only.  Bobby is a world-renowned trainer and another expert that deemed Stu NOT dangerous. 

I am thankful
that we have a new city attorney coming into office soon, Carmen Trutanich, who is known to have compassion towards animals, and I hope will clear up this black mark on our city.  I just hope Trutanich's swearing-in on July 1st is not too late for Stu.

The city attorney's office contact info: 

Rocky Delgadillo, City Attorney
800 City Hall East
200 North Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Phone: (213) 978-8100
Fax: (213) 978-8312


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5 Free Fun Things to Do with Your Dog this Summer from Dogster

From http://blogs.dogster.com/dogster_site_updates/2009/06/05/take-5-with-hq-our-pup-staycation-tips

Take 5 with Dogster HQ - Our Pup Staycation Tips!

The current economic situation means that a lot of people are not going to be traveling with their dogs this year, but will be hanging out at home and having fun in the neighborhood instead.

Have no fear! This is not a bad thing, my furry friends - it's a chance to once again focus on the little things we really love about our pets and thoroughly enjoy the friendship, fun and comfort that our best friends provide.

So we sat down today at Dogster HQ and came up with five simple things that you can do for your dog this summer when you both feel like it's time for a little break. And the best thing about all five is the price tag: FREE!

Here's our list:

#1. Brush it out. Not only do most dogs enjoy being brushed, but they of course need it as well. Getting out tangles in long-haired dogs will please the both of you, while short-haired dogs benefit from the massage and cleaning aspects that a good brushing provides. Brushing can also prove to be therapeutic for you as well. The rhythmic motions and the soothing nature of the actions can prove to be just the kind of relaxing break you deserve.


#2. Be a visitor. Why not take your dog to a place where people can't or don't own dogs? There's nothing more satisfying than seeing senior citizens or hospitalized individuals light up at the sight of a dog. Studies have shown, as well, that the therapeutic benefits of canine contact are many, so while your dog has fun meeting new people and the new people enjoy petting your dog, you will feel great about lending a helping hand.


#3. Take a nap! Let's face it - how often have you looked over at your pooch, sleeping on the couch or curled up under a tree and thought, "Oh, how I wish I was doing that right now..." ? Well, what are you waiting for? Curling up next to your dog on the sofa or (if he or she is allowed) on the bed, is something that both of you will benefit from. Your dog will appreciate your proximity and you will love the time-out. And don't forget - dogs are pretty darned good at sleeping - you could learn a few things from yours!


#4. Make a play date. Don't just play with your dog... PLAY with your dog! Set aside an uninterrupted time when you can really get down, get dirty and play with your dog. Tossing a ball and walking around the block are also great activities, but your dog will love it if you get down on your hands and knees so that you can really have fun with each other. Being down on your dog's level will not only reinforce your friendly relationship, but it will remind you of what it's actually like to be down there all the time! If you can't get down on your dog's level, find a neighborhood kid or a nearby family member who can. Your dog will thank you for it!


#5. Park it. Even if this is something that you already are in the habit of doing, it's worth bringing up and worth trying to do even more of this summer. The bottom line on this one is: dogs LOVE parks. It's great to get out to a place where the sights and smells are new and exciting, and a dog can run his or her little heart out. If you live in the country, you LIVE in a park, of course, so this is just a reminder to get out there and have fun!


#6. Shut it down. Hey wait a minute... you said FIVE things! Well, #6 is not technically on the list, but the five things above aren't possible unless you start with #6... Turn off the PC, power down the laptop, walk slowly (but surely) away from the Mac. Believe me, this is gonna hurt us more than it does you... ;-) As much as we love the Internets, and as much as we love Dogster, AND as much as we know that you do, too - getting a little one-on-one time with your BFF is best accomplished offline.


So take a break right now and do one of the five things listed above.

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A Few Things Buddha Dog Has Been Up To:

Tony Cárdenas Second Annual Pet Care Fair


City Councilmember Tony Cárdenas  presenting Buddha Dog Animal Massage with a
Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles
at his Second Annual Pet Care Fair on April 18, 2009

It was a pleasure to take part in Councilmember Cárdenas' Pet Care Fair again this year.  Lots of animals were spayed and neutered by The Amanda Foundation, microchips were implanted at no charge by the city, and some lucky animals found their forever homes.  What more could you ask for?

My highlight was massaging and falling in love with Cesar Millan's dog, Daddy.




Massaging Daddy Millan
photo by Candi Cane Cooper


A Cause for Paws Pet Expo for Pet Stop Rescue


Dog Massages were given to benefit Pet Stop Rescue at the expo held on May 2nd in Westlake Village.

"Party With The Big Dogs" at The Dog House

Susan Hartzler of Alpha Dog PR has hosted a couple of great dog parties that I enjoyed being a part of.  More are planned for the future with non-anesthetic teeth cleaning being scheduled for the next one, in addition to massages, readings, photography, agility, great products and more!


Preston from "America's Greatest Dog" showing off his skills at The Dog House

Pet Appreciation Day at Whole Foods, Woodland Hills

I want to thank Katie Ryan of Whole Foods for having Buddha Dog back for a second year of Pet Appreciation.  I had a great time massaging dogs and talking with people.  Life 4 Paws was there doing adoptions,
Animal Communicator Candi Cane Cooper gave readings, and there were dog treats galore, grooming and photography, too. 


Buddha Dog booth next to Animal Communicator Candi Cane Cooper's booth at Pet Appreciation Day at Whole Foods, Woodland Hills

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The Ozzy Foundation's 2nd Annual Legendary Bingo @ Hamburger Mary's


A blast was had by all at Legendary Bingo on June 10th.  Proceeds went to a nonprofit that I am proud to serve on the Advisory Board for.  The Ozzy Foundation helps pet guardians with the financial costs of veterinarian bills and provides a supportive place for those caring for a chronically-ill pet.


The Ozzy Foundation founder, Maria Claver, and my fellow Ozzy Foundation Advisory Board member & friend, Laura Cochrane, DVM


Animal lover and activist, Debra (Wilson) Skelton of Mad-TV, doing her thing!


Bridgette of Madison County, Debra and Bingo Boy giving a lucky winner a great movie prize package from The Ozzy Foundation

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Some Buddha Dog Reminders:

  • Looking for something to do this weekend (or during the week) for a good cause?  Check the Buddha Dog Event Calendar regularly to see what animal events are happening around town.  Email me to add an event to the calendar.
  • Referral Rewards (a complimentary massage session) are offered to any client referring a new client!
  • Group discounts are extended with a $10 per additional animal discount at the same location during the same visit.  The first massage will be regular price, and discounts apply to each additional session in the same visit.
  • I am finally trying to organize the LINKS page on the website, and adding a directory.  It has not been easy to navigate after years of collecting my favorite links.  The directory is not quite finished, but completion is on the horizon!  I will be combining the Pet Marketplace Links and the Links page by the time I am finished. 

In light of increasing heartbreaking coyote attacks as we invade their habitat more and more, I wanted to remind everyone how awesome Cat Fences are to contain your cats (and jumping dogs) safely in your yard, and it keeps critters, like coyotes, out!  I know my kitties appreciate the freedom of going outside, and I like the security knowing they will be safe!



The AFFORDABLE CAT FENCE provides effective and humane cat containment by turning your yard into a secure enclosure. Rather than causing pain to your pets through electric fences or collars, our cat fence is a barrier of netting supported by heavy-gauge steel stanchions (unlike the wire brackets of the Cat Fence-In product) which attach to your existing fence. The barrier angles into your yard providing an overhang which cats will not climb. There is also a vertical component inhibiting the entry of other animals from outside your yard.

Shelter Stories by Patrick McDonnell

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Shirley and Bronco

Have a Safe and Fun Summer!

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City Councilmember Tony Cárdenas presenting Buddha Dog Animal Massage with a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles at his First Annual Pet Care Fair on May 24, 2008.


...and again at his Second Annual Pet Care Fair on April 18, 2009.


...and again with the wonderful Ilusion Millan at his 3rd Pet Care Fair on June 12, 2010.


...and again with Shorty Rossi & Ashley Brooks at his 4th Pet Care Fair on June 25, 2011.

Thank you for being such an animal lover, Councilmember Cárdenas!

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