I figure since it is technically still Summer, that I can send out my Summer Newsletter. :) So sorry for the delay!
More fleas seem to be popping up this summer than I have seen in many years. I wanted to share an article on natural flea control from the Buddha Dog Summer 2008 Newsletter in case one or more of the tips could help.
Hope everyone gets a chance to order their Spay/Neuter License plate because they need 7500 orders before they'll start manufacturing them. The proceeds will go to spaying and neutering California animals and I just love the awareness they will bring!
Los Angeles has a new General Manager for Animal Services (the city shelters) named Brenda Barnette who comes straight from the Seattle Humane Society where she had a 92% save rate. We welcome Brenda and her no-kill attitude to Los Angeles where the animals are in desperate need of a savior!
California animal bodyworkers got a little worried when Assembly Bill 1980 was introduced with a section stating that you must be a veterinarian to provide "relief" to an animal, perform physical therapy and/or musculoskeletal manipulation. Those behind the bill heard our concerns and reassured us that animal massage therapists would not be outlawed. But we could not rest easy until they finally removed that language on August 10th. Phew! What I do think we should do is create standards for practitioners, as Washington State does. That is why I devote so much time to NBCAAM- the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage. I believe states could adopt the NBCAAM exams as their required state-certified exams. Hopefully that will be on the horizon and I imagine most practitioners and their clients would welcome the regulation.
I have a wonderful new online booker that has been heaven-sent, and there are two animal massage classes/workshops coming in September that I would love to see you at. I'll also be giving massages to the 4-legged participants in Best Friends' "Strut Your Mutt" at the Santa Monica Pier on September 19th. Come find me and fellow therapists Valerie, Tom & Earlene at the "Belly Rub Hub". Should be a good time! I'll be returning to Whole Foods Woodland Hills on September 24th for Pet Appreciation Day. There's also Legendary Bingo for the Ozzy Foundation on October 13th that is ALWAYS a blast for a fabulous cause. The Ozzy Foundation was formed with the belief that health care decisions for your animal should be based on quality of life, not finances, so when they are able, they help pet guardians with the financial costs of veterinarian bills and provide a supportive place for those caring for a chronically-ill pet.
Thanks so much for reading and hope to see you soon!
Bless you for all you do,
p.s. Don't forget to use the new Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet special stamps when you send out mail. I am happy to see they have been stocked at post offices (unlike the spay/neuter stamps some years back that you could never find anywhere). But if you'd like to order online, click here. :)
Attention California Pet Lovers –
Spay & Neuter Saves Lives!The California Spay & Neuter license plate, sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Board, provides a fun and easy way for pet lovers to help reduce pet overpopulation. Proceeds from the plate provide funding for free or low-cost spay & neuter surgeries across California, and also help to raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering.
By pre-ordering the California Spay & Neuter License Plate today, you can be among the first to display the new plate on your vehicle.
How much does the plate cost?
A sequentially numbered plate is just $50. A personalized plate, whether a new request or a transfer for an existing personalized plate, is $98. These fees are additional above your normal registration fee.
What is the artwork?
The California Spay & Neuter License plate artwork was created and donated by international actor, artist and animal lover Pierce Brosnan. It is a painting of two of the animals he and his wife Keely have adopted... Shilo the dog and Angel Baby the cat.
When will I receive my plate?
After 7,500 pre-orders are received, the DMV will begin the official program, and will start issuing actual plates after the implementation process is complete. The entire process may take 12 months or more based on the rate that pre-orders are received, and the speed at which the DMV implements the program. People who pre-order are guaranteed to receive their plates prior to the general public, and by pre-ordering you lock-in your position as one of the first Californians to display your love of animals and your support for reducing pet overpopulation!
During the sign up process, you will be asked for the DMV office where your present plates and registration card will be exchanged for your new plates. The DMV will contact you when your new plates are ready.
Can I keep my current license plate number?
If you already have a personalized plate, you may transfer the plate as long as it is 6 characters or less. You may not transfer a previous sequential plate number to the new plate.Can I personalize the license plate?
Absolutely! Simply fill out your first, second and third choices for a personalized message. Please note that the DMV may refuse any inappropriate personalization request.
Where does the money raised through the program go?
The California Spay & Neuter License Plate is sponsored by the California Veterinary Medical Board and administered by the California Spay & Neuter License Plate Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (1). Proceeds are distributed to cities and counties for free and low cost spay and neuter programs through clinics, shelters and vouchers redeemable at local veterinarians (2).
Is there a yearly renewal fee?
There is a yearly fee to renew all specialty license plates (including the CA Spay & Neuter plate) as follows: sequentially numbered plate - $40, personalized plates - $78. You will not be asked to pay a renewal fee until you have had the plates for one year.
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Hercules Rossi from Animal Planet's "Pit Boss" after a Buddha Dog massage:
Hercules & Shorty got a "Doggy & Me" massage with me and my skilled human therapist partner, Amy from Spaquest, Inc., and some of it could possibly end up on this season of the show. It was a thrill to meet Hercules, Shorty, Sebastian, Ashley, Ronald and the crew. What a group of angels at Shorty's Rescue!
I’m a 4 year old AmStaff with the best manners. I’m great with other dogs & even better with people. I graduated as top dawg in the K9 Connection program with at risk-teens. I 'd love to find a family who wants a sweet, active silly girl!
I’m a 4-yr-old, 65 lb. Mastiff/Pit ‘Zen Master’. I had a rough start with a hoarder that never spoke to or touched me. I’m fully trained and was the "trainer dog" at Lockwood Center, giving a positive experience to fearful dogs. I’ve been waiting for 2 years for a home.
I am a well-mannered 6 year-old American Bulldog Mix. I love people, kids, my rope, air conditioning & lounging. Although I was trained by Cesar Millan, and taught to respect my fellow canines, I do not desire their company. That’s why I have you. Please take me home!
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This was two days in early June full of fabulous, good-hearted people and the sweetest animals you could ever meet. Buddha Dog was excited to come back for a 2nd Buddha Bark event to provide massages for all the pampered canines. Buddha Bark WonderPark is where Canines & their Celeb Pet Parents Share a Day of Beauty, Basking & Bow “Wowing” at the famed Chaz Dean Studio & Zen Garden Benefiting Best Friends Animal Society, Much Love Animal Rescue & The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation.
My Shug at the Buddha Dog station
Massaging one of my favorite regulars, Hunter (One of 3 of Chaz's Labs)
Chaz Dean and Kate Linder from "Young & the Restless"
The wonderful Laura Nativo and Winston Churchill (who is in training to become a stunt double for Preston Cassanova)
Hal Sparks is the best for the animals! :)
HOLLYWOOD GOES TO THE DOGS
Buddha Bark WonderPark Event Draws Stars and Media
Canines and their Celeb Pet Parents Shared Day of Beauty, Basking and Bow “Wowing” at famed Chaz Dean Studio & Zen Garden
FRIDAY, June 4-5, 2010 1 PM – 7 PM
Hollywood, CA (June 8, 2010) – Buddha Bark, the most trusted source for canine wellness, introduced fun and innovative solutions to canines and their celebrity pet parents at its WonderPark Event series this past weekend in Hollywood. The two-day event drew over two hundred TV/Film personalities, Hollywood tastemakers, and media outlets.
Buddha Bark founder, Madison, welcomed actor Eric Roberts and other dog lovers like True Blood’s Kristin Bauer and hubby musician Abri van Straten, feature film star Brandon Molale and Flipping Out’s Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos. Catherine Bach of Daisy Duke fame shared the afternoon with daughters Laura and Sophia. Other kids on hand included Joey King who stars as Ramona in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Ramon & Bezzus. Academy Award nominee Linda Blair appeared on the KTLA Morning Show on Friday to promote the event and dog adoptions before greeting fans at the event. Nicholle Tom and Hal Sparks connected with sponsors like Chaz Dean as did TV favorites Kate Linder, Lee Reherman, Marisa Ramirez, and Patrika Darbo. Gossip maven Perez Hilton’s dog Teddy Hilton and various other celebrity dogs enjoyed pampering services from head to paw throughout this wonderful summer weekend event connecting people any their pets.
What was Buddha Bark’s WonderPark?
Two dog days in summer showcasing innovative solutions that help dogs and their pet parents live a richer and more integrated, holistic life. Featured Brands included: Wen by Chaz Dean, Zoom Room Dog Agility Training, Adina Holistics, Planet Dog, Rawsheed, Buddha Dog Massage, Canine Care – teeth cleaning for dogs, Jesse Freidin Photography, Doggie Driving, D.O.G Pet Boutique, Rover Pet Spa, noted Animal Communicator Janet Hicks, Warm Whiskers, Sequoia & Gita, Bark Pet Photography, Animal Wellness magazine, Fur My Pet, Modern Dog magazine, Mochi & Jolie, Real Feng Shui Solutions, Unleash Magazine, Krol Vodka, and Hansen’s Natural Beverages. Benefiting Best Friends Animal Society, Much Love Animal Rescue and Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation.
The first fundraiser for Warren Eckstein's Hugs & Kisses Animal Fund was held Sunday August 8th at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City.
The theme "Throwback to the Fabulous 40's" was spirited, with over 250 people jumping, jiving and wailing to the big band music along with singer Roslyn Kind and headliner Elayne Boosler. Celebs attending included Peter Marshall, Tony Dow, Eric Roberts and Susan Olsen.
Warren Eckstein and his wife Denise
Photo by Lisa (My Pet Net) of Hugs & Kisses Animal Fund
The Swing Dolls kept us entertained throughout the night.
The Buzz Maddox Octet featuring Al Alexio kept the Big Band tunes going.
Bab's sister, Roslyn Kind, sang a heart-warming tribute to her sweet doggie.
We all loved comedian Elayne Boosler's delectable sense of humor.
Me & the hilarious Elayne Boosler
The Hugs & Kisses Animal Fund is a privately funded California 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the financial support of humane organizations. Their mission is to be the outsourced fundraising arm for small animal rescue organizations for which a staff fundraising person is unfeasible, and for which other financial resources are unavailable.
It is the goal of the Hugs & Kisses Animal Fund to be the “United Way” for animal organizations. They will provide grants to small “mom and pop” animal welfare organizations across the United States to support ongoing operations or in times of emergency. This fund will keep humane staff doing actual rescue work, care and placement without worrying about raising money for their efforts.
Please visit the website and help by donating today!
Warren Eckstein is an internationally known pet and animal expert that has devoted over thirty years to teaching both pets and their people to live happily together through his unique "Hugs and Kisses" approach to animal behavior, care and training. Warren hosts his own syndicated radio show, "The Pet Show With Warren Eckstein," from 11 AM-1 PM on KRLA 870am Radio in Los Angeles and syndicated in scores of markets nationwide, in addition to Canada.
Shelter dogs who were on the euthanasia list, or "red list" in California shelters were welcomed by a team of rescuers for the Companion Animal Protection Society and the Santa Cruz SPCA. Carole Raphaelle Davis, Mireile Rudeau and Jocelyne Dechaume of CAPS are shown in the video above.
The rescued dogs were held up at the Nice airport for over three hours because of administrative complications having to do with microchips. The dogs had been each microchipped twice, once per regulations in CA shelters and again, for entry into the E.U.. This is the first rescue of its kind done in France.
The Companion Animal Protection Society, the Santa Cruz SPCA , the Société Défense des Animaux and Air France airlifted little death row dogs from Los Angeles shelters to Nice, France, where they were welcomed like stars on the famous Promenade des Anglais.
These dogs were to be killed because of the pet overpopulation crisis we are experiencing in the United States. In France, they do have a dog abandonment problem but there is a dearth of small, young adoptable dogs. In the U.S. we kill 5 million companion animals in our shelter system every year.
These dogs were vaccinated, sterilized, microchipped and quarantined 21 days before their departure for Nice, France. This effort is an attempt to educate the public about spay/neuter, about the concept of adoption and about puppy mills.
The pet stores of the Côte D'Azur are supplied by puppy mills and the people who could not find small adoptable dogs are buying puppy mill dogs in these stores. There is a significant puppy trafficking business in the EU and CAPS is currently investigating the breeders and the pet stores they are supplying on the Riviera.
Riviera Rescue marks the internationalization of the Companion Animal Protection Society, which plans to expand its investigation of puppy mills and pet stores in the EU by working with lawmakers, law enforcement and local animal welfare organizations.
Buddha Dog was thrilled to be a part of Councilman Tony Cárdenas' 3rd Annual Pet Care Fair for the third year in a row. It was great to see lots of old and new friends and their wonderful animals. There was free spay/neuter, free microchipping, training, low-cost vaccinations & licensing. The city shelters, Pet Orphans and other rescue groups had the cutest adoptables there that I hope all found homes!
City Councilmember Tony Cárdenas presenting Buddha Dog Animal Massage with a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles with the wonderful Ilusion Millan at his 3rd Pet Care Fair on June 12, 2010.
Me with the sweet Presley and his dad Travis from Adventures with Travis & Presley- and the winners of CBS's "Greatest American Dog". They were SO GREAT with the kids!
A thank you to Denise, the wonderful Liz Koskenmaki, DVM of Media City Animal Hospital and Cyndy Wood of Sit... Stay... Good Dawg! for having me at the HOW TO BE A BETTER PET PARENT Lecture Series Summertime Lecture at the Buena Vista Burbank Library in June. Their next lecture will be September 12th.
Massaging Dr. Liz's sweetheart, Max at "How to be a Better Pet Parent"
Buddha Dog had a booth at an informative Pet First Aid & CPR event in July with Sunny-Dog Ink put on by the Sierra Madre Fire Department.
Denise presenting Sabrina Somma with a "Pet Hero" award for all the lives she has saved. Sabrina is a paramedic with the Sierra Madre Fire Department.
I had fun giving dog massages at Healthy Spot's 2 year Anniversary Party on May 30th at the Santa Monica location!
one of the sweet doggies that got a massage at the Healthy Spot Anniversary celebration
Photo by Grace Chon of Shine Pet Photos
Buddha Dog massages are available at both Healthy Spot locations!
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One of the Top 25 to Watch For Their Efforts to Save Rescues
Former pet store owners transform adversity into advocacy by continuing their work with rescues.
Redondo Beach, CA - An Animal Rescue campaign devised by Redondo Beach residents Paula and Lewis Turner has been named "One of the Top 25 to Watch for 2010" by the pet industry's most widely circulated and respected publication, Pet Product News.
After two decades of owning and operating a popular pet store in Hermosa Beach, the Turners were forced to close "The PetCare Company" when two giant chain pet stores opened down the road from their store- one on each side!
Unable to combat the marketing budgets of big business, the Turners were sadly compelled to close their store doors in April of last year. They promptly sold their home in
While operating their business, Lewis and Paula had initiated a pet adoption headquarters, limited only to rescued animals, provided by Ken-Mar Rescue, Burbank, Ca. Orphaned dogs were available twelve hours a day, seven days a week. "Our mission was to create a step-by-step blueprint for pet stores and rescue groups to establish a mutually beneficial relationship," explained Paula. "It can result in saving the lives of so many homeless animals out there."
Praise from Both Sides of the Aisle
Historically, pet stores and rescue groups have not seen eye-to-eye on many topics, especially in the arena of dogs being sold. Identifying and describing the required responsibilities for both pet store and rescue groups in order to make the program work, was initially tricky. "Over time, we gradually worked it out", says Lewis. "We fine-tuned the Program and then put it all on paper."
Their plan, "Bridging the Gap," emerged, and the Turners have now begun to reach pet stores throughout the city to take it on. "The only way we'll be able to convince leaders in the rescue industry that pet stores can play a vital role in reducing the number of pets killed in our shelters is for stores to consider our program."
Nathan Winograd, a leader in the No Kill Shelter movement has offered praise for the Turner's efforts, as has Susan Daffron, founder of NAPRP (National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals), and others in the rescue field.
The Price for Change is Free
"Our website, http://www.amodestproposal.org provides everything a retailer would require to establish their own adoption headquarters, including protocol, documentation and literally a step-by-step procedure. It is not our goal to profit from this project. Rather, it is to demonstrate that stores and rescues can work together for a common good. We certainly did not invent the concept of pet store adoptions, but we're trying to provide a program for other stores to use", states Lewis.
With the recent ban on pet shops' sale of dogs (with the exception of rescues) in
Nathan Winograd blog (2-2-10- section concerning ban on sale of dogs in
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