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Buddha Dog Spring 2010 Newsletter

Photography by www.GregoryMancuso.com

Hello Animal Friends!

Happy Spring to All!

Better late than never with the Spring Newsletter, I guess.  :)  

This month marks Buddha Dog's 7-year anniversary and I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the honor of massaging and loving your animals.  Thank you!

I had to let everyone know that the 2nd Annual Pawstronomical Pet CPR Event to benefit the Volunteers of the Burbank Shelter is THIS SATURDAY, from 9-1 (program is 10-12) and there are still tickets available!  Buddha Dog will be there for the 2nd year and we are hoping it will be an even better turnout than the first year.  Even if you went last year (or have taken First Aid/CPR in the past), it is always good to refresh these life-saving skills that you never want to wish you had. 

Hope everyone is wonderful and that you and yours get lots of fun time out in this beautiful weather we are fortunate to have this lovely spring!

All my best,

Table of Contents

  • PAWStronomical Pet CPR Event on April 17th to Benefit The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter
  • Raffle for the Rescues Tickets Available Here until the end of April!
  • West Hollywood & Hermosa Beach Ban on Cat & Dog Sales is The Beginning of the End of Puppy Mills!
  • The Latest Buddha Dog "Pet of the Month" in The Pet Press is Willow from Feral Cat Caretakers Coalition
  • Support an Animal Abuse Registry in California!
  • Buddha Dog's Largest Class Ever!
  • Stamps to the Rescue!
  • NBCAAM- National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage Newsletter Debut
  • Buddha Dog Class for Big Paws for a Cause
  • Pedro Nava is the Compassionate Choice for Attorney General!
  • Buddha Dog will be at Councilman Tony Cárdenas' 3rd Annual Pet Care Fair in Woodley Park on June 12th!
  • The 24th Genesis Award Winners
  • Buddha Dog is in the Latest Issue of DIY Doggie Magazine for iPhone
  • The Pet 'Em Pad- Electromagnetic Therapy
  • Buddha Dog at Petco's Natural Neighborhood Festival in Santa Monica
  • Greener Pup Eco-Friendly Dog Beds Support Ace of Hearts Rescue
  • Buddha Dog at the Buddha Bark Golden Globes Pampering Lounge
  • Buddha Dog at O'FLuFF's Lucky Charms St. Patty's Celebration for Four-Legged Friends Foundation (FluFF)
  • "BRIDGE TO A NEW LIFE” – Animal Advocates Alliance Foster Program
  • "Low Rider" L.A. Doxie Event at the new Healthy Spot in West Hollywood!
  • CALIFORNIA--Medical Exemption Bill AB 2000 ACTION ALERT and The Rabies Challenge Fund
  • "Doggy & Me" Massages Make a Perfect Mother's Day Gift!
  • Update on EPA Study of Topical Flea & Tick Product Safety
  • Some Buddha Dog Reminders
  • Shelter Stories by Patrick McDonnell
  • Learn Life-Saving Skills For A Great Cause at PAWStronomical on April 17th!

    Join Buddha Dog at the
    PAWStronomical Pet CPR Event



    Sat. April 17



    Woodbury University Auditorium

    7500 Glenoaks Blvd.

    Burbank, CA  91510


    Join the largest gathering ever of humans in one place for the purpose of learning the animal life saving skills of Pet First Aid and CPR in conjunction with National Pet First Aid Awareness Month (April).


    Pet Vendor Booths, Raffle, Adoptions, Training Demos, Education & More!


    Proceeds will benefit the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter- http://www.basv.org  


    Topics covered include:

    • Rescue breathing and CPR
    • What to do for a choking pet
    • How to give your dog or cat a head to tail checkup exam
    • Check-up on vitals including respiration, pulse, temperature, capillary refill time and hydration
    • How to handle chocolate poisoning, snake bites, heat strokes and more

    Adults:  $15 in advance/ $20 day of event

    Children (under 12):  $5 in advance/ $10 day of event


    9am-10am:  Vendor Booths & Happy Tails Demo (TBD)

    9:45am:  Ticket Office closes

    10am-12pm:  Educational Presentation

    12pm-1pm:  Adoptable Animals & Vendor Booths


    For more info visit: http://www.pawstronomical.com or http://www.sunnydogink.com   




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    Raffle for the Rescues Tickets Available Here!


    THANK YOU & Congratulations to all the lucky winners!

    Buddha Dog has "Raffle for the Rescues" tickets available!

    $5 ea. or $10 for 3.


    Please email pam@buddhadog.com and I will get your tickets to you!

    Or you can buy right here with Paypal and I will send your tickets to the address on Paypal transaction unless you email me at pam@buddhadog.com with a different address you'd like them sent to.

    Number of Race for the Rescues Raffle Tickets

    All winners will be contacted by phone and prizes delivered.
    Drawing held on Saturday May 1st at 3 PM
    at Molly's Mutts & Meow's mobile adoption at the West Hollywood Park.

    All proceeds benefit these 6 organizations: Dogz In Need K-9 Rescue, Four Legged Friends Foundation, Molly's Mutts & Meows, The Rescue Train, The Ozzy Foundation and Stray Cat Alliance.

    Check out the prizes!:

    ~ A brand new 42” flat screen LCD TV ~
    ~ Two nights at the chic Luxe hotel on Sunset ~Includes brunch for two www.luxehotelsunsetblvd.com ~ 4 Park hopper tickets to Disneyland allow you to go to California Adventure on same day ~
    ~ Portable DVD Player that attaches to back of car seat ~
    ~ Digital Sony Picture Frame ~
    ~ ROMP pet services your choice 10 walks/visits or 4 overnights. Paul Duff 213-819-6350 ~
    ~ 2 Tickets to Universal Studios ~
    ~ A memorabilia gift bag from “Alice In Wonderland” starring Johnny Depp ~
    ~ $100 Limo ride by Lady Jane Limo ~
    ~ $100 Gift Certificate to Asia De Cuba ~
    ~ A canine massage by www.twohandsfourpaws.com Value $175 ~
    ~ A Sunstyle tanning package www.sunstyle.la ~~ A year of free pizza (one pizza a month) coupon book from Z Pizza. Value is $250.00 ~
    ~ A VERY COOL “Princess & The Frog” gift bag ~
    ~ A Pet Photo session from Soul Mutt Photography ~
    ~ Create your own pair of custom made Vans footwear ~
    ~ Acupuncture treatment by Gail Friedman Value $125 ~
    ~ A fresh water pearl necklace by www.michaelajewelry.com. Value $135 ~
    ~ A "Gourmet Finishing Salt Set" Value $65 from the Spice Station ~ www.spicestationsilverlake.com ~ Beaded necklace and earrings set with Jasper & Turquoise by Patricia Turner ~
    ~ A Rescue Train gift basket value $100 ~
    ~ Movie night gift set includes: popcorn, root beer & DVDs ~
    ~ A $25 gift certificate to my cafe. www.CafeMuseLA.com ~~ Woman’s beauty bag with goodies from Juicy & Sephora ~
    ~ Kid’s goodie bag with fun stuff form Hannah Montana & Pirates of The Caribbean ~
    ~ Boxed DVD set ~
    ~ PF Changs $25.00 gift card

    And More!

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    West Hollywood & Hermosa Beach Ban on Cat & Dog Sales is The Beginning of the End of Puppy Mills!

    February 1st marked an historic move towards eliminating cruel puppy mills.  The West Hollywood City Council led by Mayor Abbe Land and Councilmember Jeffrey Prang, who introduced the ordinance, voted to ban selling dogs and cats in pet stores!  Carole Davis of Companion Animal Protections Society (CAPS) assisted the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the City of West Hollywood in drafting the ordinance.  West Hollywood is the 2nd city to enact such compassionate legislation.  South Lake Tahoe was the first and Hermosa Beach just became the 3rd city on March 23rd after Councilmember Jeff Duclos proposed the ordinance.  For the sake of all the mothers that suffer in puppy mills being bred until they are dead, never knowing what the ground feels like beneath her feet and for the sake of the thousands of beautiful, healthy, life-loving animals killed in our city shelters every year just because no one loved them enough to take them home, I hope the city of Los Angeles will soon be following suit, as well as every other city in the world!

    Landmark Legislation to Ban Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores Passed in West Hollywood, California
    Carole Raphaelle Davis of Companion Animal Protection Society presenting West Hollywood Councilman Jeffrey Prang with the Humane Achievement award for the ordinance he introduced and passed that bans the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores in West Hollywood.
    photo courtesy of Carole Raphaelle Davis

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    The Latest Buddha Dog "Pet of the Month" in The Pet Press is Willow from Feral Cat Caretakers Coalition

    Willow's ad in The Pet Press, sponsored by Buddha Dog

    Meet Willow
    I’m a healthy 1-yr old orange tabby.  I was rescued from a busy corner while waiting for my homeless friend to return.  But he died & I was on my own.  I’m shy, but learning people can be kind.  I play well by myself, love other kitties & am ready to find a forever indoor home.
    Feral Cat Caretakers' Coalition



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    Support an Animal Abuse Registry in California!

    On February 9, 2010, the incredible State Senator Dean Florez introduced SB 1277.  If passed, SB 1277 would require criminals convicted of felony cruelty to animals to be listed on a public registry. Requiring convicted animal abusers to register would prevent countless animals from being abused by alerting law enforcement and the public to their whereabouts and by allowing animal shelters to thoroughly screen potential adopters for criminal histories.

    Please make a brief polite call or e-mail to your state representative and senator and urge them to support SB 1277. Click here to look up phone numbers for your state legislators.

    Social Compassion in Legislation (SCiL) is a co-sponsor of the bill and has been working with the author, Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez and fellow co-sponsor Animal Legal Defense Fund on a fundamental improvement to SB 1277. The new amendment will remove the original funding mechanism in SB 1277 which would have imposed a new pet food tax. The proposed pet food tax will be eliminated and replaced by adding a $200 penalty for Misdemeanor offenses and $500 penalty for Felony offenses collected to fund the registry. Appropriately, animal abusers will pay for the registry, not pet food purchasers. SB 1277 will be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 20th at 9:00 a.m.
    Please call the Public Safety Committee members and let them know you are in support of this important bill:

    Committee members:
    Senator Mark Leno (Chair) (D)
    (916) 651-4003
    Senator Dave Cogdill (Vice-Chair) (R)
    (916) 651-4014
    Senator Gilbert Cedillo (D)
    (916) 651-4022
    Senator Loni Hancock (D)
    (916) 651-4009
    Senator Robert Huff (R)
    (916) 651-4029
    Senator Darrell Steinberg (D)
    (916) 651-4006
    Senator Roderick Wright (D)
    (916) 651-4025
    Please be polite and call each member only one time.
    It only takes a few seconds per call!
    Thank you for helping get this important piece of legislation passed!

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    Buddha Dog's Largest Class Ever!

    On February 28th, my dog Shug and I had the pleasure of teaching our largest animal massage class ever for 150 students from Japan at the Pasadena Convention Center. 

    Thank you to Chaco Kim and everyone at Idea Resource Systems for arranging the tour for the Japanese students.

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    Stamps to the Rescue!

    This is a pane of 20 44–cent Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet special stamps.

    Adopt a Shelter Pet

    On April 30, 2010, in North Hollywood, California, the Postal Service™ will issue a 44–cent, Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet special stamp in ten designs, designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC.

    With these 10 stamp designs, the U.S. Postal Service hopes to raise awareness of the need to adopt shelter pets.

    The pets depicted on the stamps were photographed by Sally Andersen-Bruce near her home in New Milford, Connecticut. All had been homeless at one time; all but one had been adopted when they were photographed.
    Here are the stories of the animals on the stamps:

    Teddy- Wired-Haired Jack Russell Terrier

    The owners of Teddy’s mother were surprised when she gave birth to another litter. They couldn’t afford to raise more puppies, so they gave Teddy and his siblings to a shelter. Today, Teddy lives with a loving family, their other Jack Russell, and a cat.

    Willow- Maltese Cat

    Willow was left in a box by the door of the shelter as a kitten. When the animal control officer met her there, she knew the scrawny, little gray kitten should come home with her. Willow is now part of a happy family that includes three dogs and two other cats.

    Bianca- Calico Cat

    Bianca was adopted through a senior-to-senior program which allows cats older than six to be adopted by a senior citizen at no cost. Bianca has since passed away, but was well-loved and cared for in her final years.

    Trevor- Yellow Labrador Retriever

    Trevor and his litter mates were found abandoned at 8-10 weeks of age at a new home construction site. They were rescued by Labrador Retriever Rescue of CT, Inc. Trevor was adopted by a couple who are a perfect match for his outgoing personality.

    Buddy- Golden Retriever

    Buddy is a pure-bred golden who was purchased from a pet store. At only eight months old, he had such bad hips that his family gave him to a shelter. Now, Buddy is flourishing with his family who have improved his health through regular exercise and a good diet.

    Peaches- Gray, White & Tan Cat

    Peaches was born under a porch. She and her littermates had to be trapped to be taken to the shelter. There, all the kittens were spayed or neutered, given complete health exams, and put up for adoption.

    Frankie- Black, White & Tan Cat

    Frankie was brought to the shelter with his mother and two other kittens. Unfortunately, they were all very sick and Frankie was the only one to survive. Today, this dapper cat is thriving in a loving family.

    Bindi Su- Aussie Shepherd

    Bindu Su’s mother was handed over to an Australian Terrier rescue group when her owners found out she was expecting. Bindu Su was adopted at eight weeks old. Now she competes in agility events and visits a local nursing home weekly.

    Jake- Boston Terrier

    Purchased at a pet shop on Thanksgiving when he was eight weeks old, Jake’s original family quickly realized that they couldn’t take care of him. The pet shop had a no-return policy. So little Jake was turned over to a shelter.

    Lucas- Orange Tabby

    Hungry, cold, and lucky, Lucas picked the right yard to wander into. It belonged to an animal shelter volunteer. He was taken to the shelter, where he got a complete physical, was neutered, and put up for adoption.


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    NBCAAM- National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage

    I am proud to serve as Volunteer Coordinator and Secretary of the Marketing Committee for the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (NBCAAM).  If you are an Animal Bodyworker that would like to help continue the success of NBCAAM, please email me at volunteer@nbcaam.org for information.

    I am working on the first NBCAAM Newsletter set to be delivered to inboxes all over the world very soon!  If you would like to be one of the first to read the debut NBCAAM Newsletter, please use the form below or email me at volunteer@nbcaam.org.


    Join the NBCAAM mailing list
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    NBCAAM, a not-for-profit organization, was created for the purpose of establishing and upholding professional standards for animal acupressure and massage practitioners. The method by which NBCAAM certifies that a practitioner has met these standards is by developing standardized national certification examinations. Taking the examination is entirely voluntary. Information and the requirements for taking the examinations are available on the website: www.nbcaam.org   

    Membership is available for practitioners and non-practitioners.

    Follow NBCAAM on Twitter!

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    Buddha Dog Class for Big Paws for a Cause

    This is a wonderful old soul named Cody, rescued by Big Paws for a Cause. I recently did animal massage demonstrations for their volunteers and Cody helped me out a lot by being the perfect demo horse. I am in love!  Thank you to Glenn Hogan and everyone at Big Paws for a Cause and the Hogan Family Foundation for having me out to the ranch again!



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    Pedro Nava is the Compassionate Choice for Attorney General!

    Please vote for Pedro Nava for California Attorney General on June 8, 2010!
    Pedro Nava at The Humane Society of the U.S.'s Hollywood Office's Genesis Awards on March 20, 2010
    Pedro Nava is endorsed by The Humane Society Legislative Fund, and the Sierra Club, and many others and recently introduced three animal protection bills that passed California state Assembly and Senate votes.

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    Buddha Dog will be at Councilman Tony Cárdenas' 3rd Annual Pet Care Fair in Woodley Park on June 12th!

    Buddha Dog is excited to be a part of this great event for the third year in a row!

    A fun time is always had by all at Councilmember Cárdenas' annual Pet Care Fair. 

    This event will be co-sponsored by the Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation.

    Saturday, June 12
    9 AM- 1 PM

    Woodley Park
    6350 Woodley Avenue
    Van Nuys, 91406

    Services provided at the 3rd Annual Pet Care Fair will include free spay or neutering, free microchipping (while supplies last), obedience training, low-cost vaccinations, and licensing

    Pet Orphans of Southern California will have adoptable animals there, in addition to lots of wonderful animals from our city shelters that will be hoping someone will love them enough to take them home.

    Hope to see you there!

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    The 24th Genesis Award Winners

    The 24th Genesis Awards, presented by The Humane Society of the United States, took place on March 20, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.

    Melanie Griffith, Tippi Hedren and Antonio Banderas
    Melanie presented her mom Tippi with the Lifetime Achievment Award
    Photo by Long Photography 

    Many more photos here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/humanesociety/sets/72157623540953355

    Here's the full list of winners and nominees:




    WIN! (tie) - HOTEL FOR DOGS – Dreamworks Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies
    THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS – Overture Films, Smokehouse Films
    WIN! (tie) - UP – Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios


    WIN! - THE COVE – Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, Oceanic Preservation Society
    THE END OF THE LINE - Arcane Pictures, Calm Productions, Dartmouth Films
    FOOD, INC. - Participant Media, River Road Entertainment, Magnolia Pictures


    WIN! - FAMILY GUY  Dog Gone - FOX TV Animation, Fuzzy Door Productions, 20th Century FOX
    MONK  Mr. Monk and the Dog – USA Network
    SOUTH PARK  Whale Whores – Comedy Central 


    WIN! - BONES  The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken – FOX
    THE CLOSER  multiple episodes - TNT


    HANDY MANNY  Saving the Turtles / A Whale of a Tale - Disney Channel
    WIN! - NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE  Kids to the Rescue!  Helping Homeless Animals - Nickelodeon


    60 MINUTES  Poisoned - CBS
    WIN! - ISSUES WITH JANE VELEZ-MITCHELL  multiple segments - HLN
    NIGHTLINE  multiple segments – ABC


    EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 4:00 / KABC 7 (Los Angeles)  Greyhounds from Guam
    WIN! - KCBS / KCAL TV (Los Angeles)   Animal Shelter Abuse, Faux Fur Investigation
    KHOU-TV (Houston)   multiple segments
    WKRN-TV News 2 Extra (Nashville)  Home for the Holidays


    CNN (National)  Animal Cruelty–Nicole Lapin Investigates
    KTNV-TV (Las Vegas)  Las Vegas Zoo: A Hidden Camera Investigation
    WIN! - KLAS-TV 8 (Las Vegas)  I-Team: Shark Fin Soup
    WTVJ-NBC 6 (Miami)  The Last Ride


    WIN! - TODAY  multiple segments by Jill Rappaport - NBC


    author Jonathan Safran Foer – Syndicated

    LARRY KING LIVE  Alaska's aerial wolf hunt - CNN


    BUFFALO BATTLE – Planet Green
    FUTURE EARTH  100 Heartbeats – MNSBC, Peacock Productions


    ANIMAL COPS: PHILADELPHIA  Puppy Mills Exposed – Animal Planet
    WIN! - WHALE WARS  The Stuff of Nightmares – Animal Planet




    WIN! - BEAR SANCTUARY - Animal Planet Europe
    THE KINSHASA CONNECTION  - Carte Blanche, South African and Dutch TV, Network NL



    WIN! - ISTHMUS (Wisconsin)  multiple articles by Bill Lueders
    TOPEKA CAPITAL-JOURNAL (Kansas)  multiple articles by James Carlson


    NEWSWEEK A (Designer) Dog's Life by Suzanne Smalley
    THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE Against Meat by Jonathan Safran Foer, and
           Watching Whales Watching Us by Charles Siebert
    WIN! - TIME  The New Age of Extinction and The Real Cost of Cheap Food by Bryan Walsh, and
           Abused No More by David Von Drehle


    MORE  Where the Wild Things Are by Jan Goodwin
    WIN! - O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE  What Are They Thinking? by Eugene Linden,
           Wild Things by Rick Bass, and Operation Rescue by Barry Yeoman


    DAILY MAIL (UK)  multiple articles by Dr. Danny Penman
    WIN! - THE INDEPENDENT (UK)  multiple articles by Martin Hickman
    THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)  multiple articles by Daniel Foggo

    The 24th Genesis Awards will air on Animal Planet on Saturday, April 24th at 12:00 noon ET/PT and Sunday, April 25th at 1:00pm ET/PT

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    Buddha Dog is in the Latest Issue of DIY Doggie Magazine for iPhone

    Ask not what your dog can do for you but what you can do for your dog! DIY Doggie is the place to go to find out everything you need to know to keep your dog in optimal health on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. Learn new ways of bonding with your pet. Pick up a new recipe. Find out about the latest products. Enter our photo and essay contests. Learn what Bark Obama Dog and Angry Dog Max have to say. DIY Doggie, your one stop guide to finding out the latest ways to care for the one who loves you unconditionally!

    Check out my article on Tellington Touch (TTouch) in the latest issue of DIY Doggie Magazine for iPhone!


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    The Pet 'Em Pad- Electromagnetic Therapy

    If I have been fortunate enough to massage your animal in the last month or two, you have probably seen this pad I have been using, thanks to my incredible friend, Evey Gold from Natural Touch 4 Paws.  Evey sells the pads and can answer any questions you may have.  She also has an endless supply of remedies and useful information on so many animal conditions.

    Evey Gold, Natural Touch 4 Paws

    Business: 818-986-9997
    Cell: 818-521-3433

    I have heard back from clients that they have noticed an extra spring in their animal's step.  I wonder how much of a difference they would notice with more than just an hour on the pad during their massage session!

    If your best four-legged friend is suffering from chronic pain, there is no better gift than freedom from pain.  In canine medicine, electromagnetics are often used to aid in fracture healing and in the treatment of many other ailments including arthritis, hip dysplasia, osteochondritis, epilepsy, pain relief, chronic organ disorders and vertebral disorders. Sprains and strains and other traumatic disorders may also benefit from electromagnetic therapy. The Pet’em Pad is designed to provide a steady pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) to the area being treated. The PEMF passes through tissue, blood and bone, reducing pain and inflammation. The Pet’em Pad replicates the magnetic field, increasing it by volume in a given treatment time period. The physical effect enhances your pet’s chemical activity, resulting in oxygen carrying capacity enhancement, nutrient assimilation, increased metabolism, increased enzyme production, free radicals reduction as well as bone healing and regeneration time reduction. (Can be used by pet parents too!)

    PET'em PAD is a non-invasive, therapeutic, spot therapy pad that has been proven to be safe, effective, and economical. The PET'em PAD is a simple to use form of alternative therapy to complement traditional healing methods.

    A multi-vibrational field provides a natural way to assist the normal healing process as it passes through all tissues and cells.  Studies show that the fields can be an effective therapy for the relief of pain.   Applying Soft Wave Technology to an injured area relaxes the cells, improves blood flow and oxygen to stimulate the body’s natural healing process.  The improved blood flow and fluid exchange to the injured tissue helps reduce pain and inflammation. 

    The PET'em PAD provides a natural way to assist the normal healing process of bones, tissues and cells.

    Soft Wave therapy relaxes the cells and improves blood flow and oxygen to enhance the body's natural healing process. The improved blood flow and fluid exchange to the injured tissue to bring back/joint pain relief and reduce inflammation   The Soft Wave stimulates cells to start healing and regenerating. 

    Here is an article in Animal Wellness Magazine about the pad:  http://www.petempad.com/TransformingTanner.pdf

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    Buddha Dog at Petco's Natural Neighborhood Festival in Santa Monica

    I jumped at the chance to give dog massages at Petco's Natural Neighborhood Festival on April 10th on the beach in Santa Monica. 

    Some photos courtesy of Valerie Heath and her friend, Michael.  Thank you!  

    My friend Valerie Heath from 4 Paws to Heal joined me to help massage twice as many dogs.  :)  We expected a big crowd!

    The amazing Dr. Marty Becker was there to share his knowledge and I was thrilled to finally meet one of my favorite veterinarians and authors.  Dr. Becker is the veterinary expert on "Good Morning, America" in addition to many other roles.  We talked while I massaged Harper, Pet Connection's Kim Campbell Thornton's sweetheart.


    Amy Stevens taught a couple of Dog Yoga classes!  FUN!


    I was so happy to see my two friends and fighters for the animals, Elaine Hendrix and Heidi Huebner with new rescue, Rolo and Chowsie.


    I had to share this beautiful photo of Heidi and sweet Chowsie taken by Valerie's friend, Michael.

    The extremely awesome Tillman, the skateboarding Bulldog from "America's Greatest Dog" and Natural Balance spokesdog, wowed the crowd!  Check out his sweet ride!


    Just a couple of the wonderful dogs I had the pleasure of meeting and massaging: an out-of-towner, Annie the Akita and Bailey the Rottweiler.


    Thank you to Teresa and Angela at Attack Marketing! and everyone at Petco for allowing Buddha Dog to be a part of this special event!

    And a big thank you to Daniel Sundin for linking to Buddha Dog on the Petco blog: "The PETCO Scoop". 

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    Greener Pup Eco-Friendly Dog Beds Support Ace of Hearts Rescue

    Greener Pup LLC was conceived of by Ace of Hearts founder, Kari Whitman, designer to the stars, dog rescuer, and environmental advocate. Kari’s “design with paws in mind” for her celebrity clients like Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell and Virginia Madsen led to the creation of her line of custom dog beds. Affordable, attractive, and eco-friendly, Greener Pup beds are the perfect way to pamper your pooch and help save the environment!

    Ace of Hearts is a 501c-3 dog rescue foundation dedicated to rescuing dogs the day they are to be euthanized from various Los Angeles shelters and placing them in loving homes.

    100% of the proceeds from your order will benefit non-profit dog rescue Ace of Hearts (www.aceofheartsdogs.com). Ace of Hearts is dedicated to rescuing dogs the day they are scheduled to be euthanized and finding them permanent, loving homes. They have saved over 2,000 dogs to date and with your help, will continue on their mission to save the lives of at-risk, abused & abandoned dogs.

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    Buddha Bark Golden Globes Pampering Lounge

     Massaging Sunny, official mascot for Buddha Bark
    photo by Jesse Freidin

    I had the privilege of being a small part of a special event, The Buddha Bark Golden Globes Pampering Lounge, that benefited Best Friends Animal Society's "Puppies Aren't Products" campaign.  It was wonderful to see some old friends and to meet so many new ones.  I want to thank Madison Svensson of Buddha Bark and Susan Hartzler of Alpha Dog PR for the opportunity to participate.

    The event got a lot of media coverage, and I was excited to talk to Maureen Harrington of (People Magazine's) People Pets, who was kind enough to give Buddha Dog a mention in her article:  http://www.peoplepets.com/style/treats-for-people/pet-psychics-glamour-shots-inside-a-hollywood-dog-fest/1

    And a big "thank you" to Christine Ziemba of LAist (& her friend & dogs Sadie & Riley!) for mentioning Buddha Dog in her article: http://laist.com/2010/01/18/buddha_barks_celebrity_and_doggie_l.php?gallery0Pic=10#gallery


    This was the debut event for Buddha Bark and its founder, Madison Svensson, but you would never know it by how flawless the event was!

    Famous stylist Chaz Dean hosted the event at his beautiful zen-like studio grounds with bungalows and peaceful gardens.  Guests were lucky enough to have Chaz's stylists do their hair as well as receiving gift bags full of products from Chaz's awesome WEN Hair & Body Care line.  I cannot say enough good things about his products.  His lavendar products' aroma is to die for, and his cleansing conditioners are nothing short of amazing.  They don't have the normal lather that shampoos have, but they bind dirt and oil to be washed away from your hair.  I seriously love how my hair feels after using Wen's cleansing conditioner.  And how much time (and $$) I save only using one product, rather than both shampoo and conditioner.  Chaz's studio retreat has been featured on the Bravo show, "Flipping Out".


    The wonderful animal communicators Janet Hicks and Andrea Yallop were there to talk to the animals and Wizard of Paws brought their mobile grooming van to help the pampered doggie guests look and smell their best. In additon to Buddha Dog massages, there were massages for people available, as well as facials and makeovers given.  The organic vegan food was so yummy!

    The art gallery and silent auction to benefit Best Friends was incredible and featured the work of Jesse Freidin, Nancy Levine, Andy Stolarek, Sam Price, Shaun Alexander, and Shine Pet Photos.

    There was a spectacular doggie fashion show presented by D.O.G. Pet Boutique, featuring fashions by Chien de Nimes, Kane and Couture, Maggie Bags and others.  There was even a doggie bride and groom!

     The adorable bride, Sunny and her groom


               Buddha Bark founder Madison Svensson with Bobby Gorgeous in the fashion show




     Baldwin & Bliss waiting for the command (and treat) from their mom, Susan Hartzler of Alpha Dog PR (and Alpha Dog Shopper).





    The amazing Preston Cassanova from "America's Greatest Dog" showing  his skills with his mom, Laura Nativo 

    Jason Biggs brought his dog





    photo by Daniel Jung
    Daisy Fuentes and her sweethearts. 
    I was honored to massage her adorable bulldog, Alfie.

    There were lots of animal-friendly celebrities with their dogs to enjoy the pampering.  Some of the well-known guests included Eric Roberts, Daisy Fuentes, Kristin Bauer, Jason Biggs, Hal Sparks, Holly Robinson-Peete, Camille Guaty, James Avery, Abby Wathen. Camille Mana, Yuval David, Brian Friedman, Alana Curry, Cecille Bull, Eric Stonestreet, Jenni Pulos, Yvette Nelson, Sally Richards, Vincent dePaul, Dondre Whitfield, Keri Lynn Pratt, Tami Erin, Keano LaVin, Milan Christopher, Hal Klein, Jason White, Elizabeth TenHouten, and celebrity dogs, Bobby Gorgeous, Preston Cassanova and Gigi.

    Here are some great pictures from Wire Image:


    Thank you to Lynn Hasty from Green Galactic for doing such a fabulous job with the publicity for the event:   http://www.greengalactic.com/2010/buddha-bark-golden-globes

    Here are just a couple more of the many media stories about the event:

    Los Angeles Times -

    - Golden Globes Fashion Diary - http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2010/01/fashion-diary-quarterbacking-the-red-carpet.html#more

    Life photos -



    BUDDHA BARK Event for Celebrity & Canine from 29FRAME on Vimeo.

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    O'FLuFF's Lucky Charms for Four-Legged Friends Foundation (FluFF)

    Me and the very sweet Casper of Strangest Angels Animal Rescue, who is in need of a home.
    photo by Elle Wittelsbach of Strangest Angels Animal Rescue

    On March 13th, lots of animal lovers gathered at an awesome block party to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Four-Legged Friends Foundation (FluFF), an organization that does a lot to help animals and their people.  The block party was on Teale Street in Culver City on the block where Doggie Central and the Zoom Room are located. 

    Debra Skelton from MADtv hosted the event

    Buddha Dog massages were available at the VIP Party in the Zoom Room Lounge.  There was a Green Fashion Show with Pinups for Pups, a St. Patty's dog costume contest, lots of vendors, a great silent auction and raffle, celebrity guests, live music and lots more fun.  A crew from RTL T.V. Europe interviewed me about animal massage after my animal communicator friend Candi Cane Cooper (who they were filming) suggested it.  Thank you to her and Susan Hartzler of Alpha Dog PR and Alpha Dog Shopper for her kind words about my massaging her beautiful dog Baldwin while being filmed for an interview.

    And thank you to the wonderful Sandra Lollino, founder of Four-Legged Friends Foundation (FluFF), for allowing me to participate in such a fantastic event!

    Karen Maze took some great photos of the event here:  http://prints.karenmaze.com/flff

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    "BRIDGE TO A NEW LIFE” – AAA Foster Program

    left to right:  Mochi, Milla & Charlie (AKA Bruce and Batman) from Animal Advocates Alliance

    Animal Advocates Alliance wants to offer their rescued dogs currently in boarding a better chapter to their lives. They are calling this their BRIDGE TO A NEW LIFE! program. Fostering benefits a dog in so many ways and ultimately makes them much happier, better socialized and more adoptable. You help by keeping a dog at your home and providing, love, consistency of walks/exercise and appropriate nutrition. In return you take a good dog and make them a better super fantastic dog! You become their bridge to a happy and balanced life. If you are interested or need additional details about this program (including compensation available for fostering) or if you know someone that would be interested please contact Stephanie at stephaniel@animaladvocatesalliance.org. For a list of dogs currently looking for foster homes please click here: IN NEED OF A LOVING FOSTER HOME!

    To read an article regarding the benefits of fostering courtesy of American Dog Magazine, click here: JOY OF FOSTERING by Carole Raphaelle Davis

    Thanks in advance on behalf of Mochi, Milla, Maggie, Bruce/Charlie/Batman and their other dogs in need of foster homes and some much needed quality time out of boarding.

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    "Low Rider" L.A. Doxie Event at the new Healthy Spot in West Hollywood!

    Thank you to Johnny Ortez and Rufus of L.A. Doxies and Examiner.com & Heather from Healthy Spot for having me to this fun event celebrating weiner dogs!

    photo by Sepi Ghafouri

    There were a few nervous and older doxies that seemed to benefit from their massages.  Reiki Master Sepi Ghafouri of Soulillume was there and helped enhance the wonderful energy of the room.

    Thanks to Johnny Ortez for photo.

    I am definitely bringing Shug (my Dachshund/Corgi mix) to the next L.A. Doxie mixer!  I didn't have time to go home before this one, unfortunately, because I know she would have had such a blast with these cuties!

    What a great group of people & doggies!  Healthy Spot's new West Hollywood location rules, as does their original Santa Monica location.

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    CALIFORNIA--Medical Exemption Bill AB 2000 ACTION ALERT!

    California Assembly Member Curt Hagman has filed a bill which will insert a Medical Exemption Clause into California's Rabies Law. Assembly Bill AB 2000: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov./pub/09-10/bill/asm/ab_1951-2000/ab_2000_bill_20100217_introduced.html


       "This bill would exempt from the vaccination requirement the owner of a dog that a licensed veterinarian determines, on an annual basis, may have a potentially lethal reaction to the vaccination."


    The bill has gone to the Agriculture Committee.  Concerned pet guardians should call the Committee Secretary (Mona Wood) at 916-319-2084  and/or contact the Committee members at the phone numbers or e-mail addresses below and leave a message for the Committee that you want them to recommend passage of this bill.  Feline owners should request that cats be included as well.


    Cathleen Galgiani - Chair Dem-17

    (916) 319-2017



    Tom Berryhill - Vice Chair Rep-25

    (916) 319-2025



    Connie Conway Rep-34

    (916) 319-2034



    Jean Fuller Rep-32

    (916) 319-2032



    Jerry Hill Dem-19

    (916) 319-2019



    Fiona Ma Dem-12

    (916) 319-2012



    Tony Mendoza Dem-56

    (916) 319-2056



    Mariko Yamada Dem-8

    (916) 319-2008



    About the Rabies Challenge Fund


    Research has demonstrated that overvaccination can cause harmful adverse effects in dogs. Immunologically, the rabies vaccine is the most potent of the veterinary vaccines and associated with significant adverse reactions such as polyneuropathy resulting in muscular atrophy, inhibition or interruption of neuronal control of tissue and organ function, incoordination, and weakness, auto-immune hemolytic anemia, autoimmune diseases affecting the thyroid, joints, blood, eyes, skin, kidney, liver, bowel and central nervous system; anaphylactic shock; aggression; seizures; epilepsy; and fibrosarcomas at injection sites are all linked to the rabies vaccine. It is medically unsound for this vaccine to be given more often than is necessary to maintain immunity, yet scientific research strongly indicates that the 3 year booster interval required by state laws may be unnecessary. French challenge study results published in 1992 showed that dogs were immune to rabies 5 years after vaccination and Dr. Ronald Schultz's serological studies proved that dogs have antibody titer counts at levels known to confer immunity to rabies 7 years after vaccination.

    The goal of The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust is to extend the legally required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then 7 years by financing the concurrent 5 and 7 year rabies challenge studies currently beginning their third year at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and being conducted according to the USDA's vaccine licensing code, Title 9 Section 113.209 by Dr. Ronald Schultz.

    The Vision of a Dog Lover and the Dedication of Two Renowned Veterinarians

    In early 2004, Kris Christine's beloved six-year-old Labrador Retriever, Meadow, developed a cancerous mast cell tumor directly on the site of his most recent rabies vaccination. His cancer and subsequent death led to Kris founding The Rabies Challenge Fund and advocating for states to adopt a 3 year rabies protocol.

    Dr. W. Jean Dodds serves as Co-Trustee of the Fund and supervisor of the project. A world-renowned veterinary research scientist in the fields of hematology, immunology, endocrinology, as well as a practicing clinician, Dr. Dodds established Hemopet, the first nonprofit national blood bank, in 1986.

    Dr. Ronald Schultz, one of the world's leading veterinary vaccine experts who is Chair of the Pathobiological Sciences Department and has been conducting vaccine challenge studies since the 1970's, is performing the research at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

    Contributions to date have come primarily from kennel clubs and private individuals. The University of Wisconsin has donated all of the necessary overhead costs for these studies, which normally amount to 48% of the direct research costs. Furthermore, Dr. Schultz, the Principal Investigator, has volunteered his time in conducting the research. Dr. Dodds and her staff at Hemopet and Kris Christine are donating their efforts as well. The only monies used from the pre-grant funds were IRS fees associated with applying for non-profit status. All other monies donated to The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust go directly to funding these studies.

    Estimated expenses needed to complete years three through seven of both studies are: $175,000 each for year three, and $150,000 each for years four through seven.

    Donations to The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust may be made
    here using Paypal. Checks may be sent to The Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust, c/o Hemopet, 11561 Salinaz Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92843. Questions or comments for Dr.Dodds may be emailed to jean@rabieschallengefund.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Questions or comments for Kris Christine can be emailed to kris@rabieschallengefund.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    With your help, we can raise the funding necessary to complete these 5- and 7- year rabies challenge studies.

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    "Doggy & Me" Massages Make a Perfect Mother's Day Gift!


    Yumi and Precious feeling good after a Doggy & Me Massage

    Buddha Dog has partnered with Spaquest, Inc.'s Amy Cucullu for "Doggy & Me" Massages! 

    "Doggy & Me" massages offer you Amy's brand of Fitness Therapy Massage incorporating five styles, personalized to accommodate your specific needs, while your dog or cat gets a full-body massage, along with acupressure, TTouch and Reiki, right next to you (their favorite place to be!).

    Amy has an office in La Crescenta, or we can come to you (ample advance notice is appreciated).

    Relax, Revitalize, and Rejuvenate with your best friend!

    Go ahead, treat yourself and your loyal companion...

    Email pam@buddhadog.com or call 818-300-4478 for an appointment.

    Click here for more about Amy.

    Click here for the rates page.

    Click here for Gift Certificates.

    Update on EPA Study of Topical Flea & Tick Product Safety

    EPA results lead to stricter labeling of flea and tick products by Brendan Quealy

    On March 17, the Environmental Protection Agency released the results of a yearlong study into the safety of spot-on applications of flea and tick preventative medicine. The study was commissioned after it was found that poisonings from these medications had increased 53 percent from 2007 to 2008.

    While products such as Frontline and K9 Advantix had been deemed safe by the EPA, the rise in both cancer and neurological harm has caused many pet guardians to question the safety of applying the medication themselves.

    “People didn't know they needed to regulate the dose based on their pet's weight,” says Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. “The EPA will require more precise dosing on the product labels. I don't know how you would blame the victim in this case when the label isn't clear.”

    Along with that information, the EPA has also announced that it will “increase restrictions on these products” and urges those who use them to do so with extra care. The EPA has said that it will not be pulling any current products off of the shelf, but will begin labeling them with stronger and clearer warnings and will continue to develop more stringent testing and evaluation requirements.

    “It's good to see the EPA moving on this issue,” says Miriam Rotkin-Elman, the research associate for the Natural Resources Defense Council who has been following this study. “But it also serves as a reminder that just because [these products] are in stores it does not mean they're safe. [The] EPA needs to be more diligent in assessing the safety of these chemicals and in the interim pet stores should be proactive and get dangerous products off the shelves."

    More information about this can be found on EPA.gov or at NRDC.org.

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    Some Buddha Dog Reminders:

    • 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.
    • 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.

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