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Buddha Dog Summer 2010 Newsletter

Hope you're having a SPLASHTACULAR Summer!

Photo of my Shirley by Puppy-Razzi at Emma Zen's birthday party

...with your share of lazy beach days filled with cat naps!

Hello Friends,

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.  :)

California Spay/Neuter License Plate: A MUST-HAVE for animal lovers!


Attention California Pet Lovers –
Help reduce pet overpopulation with the CA Spay & Neuter License Plate!

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.

Yes, I would like to pre-order the California Spay & Neuter License Plate, assuring my position as one of the first drivers to display my support for reducing pet overpopulation.

Go to http://www.caspayplate.com

Thank you for loving pets and for helping California reduce pet overpopulation!

If you prefer to order via mail (with a check, credit card or money order), please click here to download a printable order form. This form can also be used for credit card orders via fax.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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Buddha Dog is featured in the latest "Pet Guide" issue of Los Angeles Magazine

Thank you, Dave Gardetta and Los Angeles Magazine!

(Thank you to Valerie Heath for the screen shot.)

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Upcoming September Buddha Dog Classes/Workshops

Saturday, September 4th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

2400 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles

Wagville, in conjunction with YAS Fitness Center in Silverlake, is inviting YAS members and the public to an animal massage class where massage, acupressure and TTouch techniques will be demonstrated.  $10 suggested donation will go to Wagville Rescue, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that rescues dogs near the end of their stay at kill shelters and gives them a fun place to stay while they find them good homes.  RSVP is optional at pam@buddhadog.com.

Please join Buddha Dog for an

Animal Massage Workshop at My Pet... Naturally on

Sunday, September 26th from 8:30 to 11 AM OR 5:15-7:15 PM

BOTH WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN FILLED- please email info@mypetnaturally.com if you'd like to be put on the waiting list.

I will show how you can participate in your animals' healing with effective massage, TTouch & acupressure techniques, which will provide endless benefits for your best friend while you reap health benefits as well.

$15 fee will go to a soon-TBD animal charity.

Please email info@MyPetNaturally.com to reserve your space and if you do it early enough, you can bring your furry friend! :)  The store requests that dogs be well-behaved and able to ignore other dogs due to the limited space.

Hope to see you there!

My Pet... Naturally

12001 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

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Buddha Dog at STRUT YOUR MUTT on September 19th!

Sunday, September 19th from 10 AM until 1 PM
Buddha Dog will be giving doggie massages at the "Belly Rub Hub"!
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica

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Buddha Dog is excited to be at Whole Foods' Pet Appreciation Day for the 3rd year in a row!

Saturday, September 25th
from 11-2pm

Whole Foods
21347 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills 91364

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Check out the latest issue of The Pet Press with my article, "Show Your Dog (or Cat) You've Got Their Back... With Massage!" with tips on giving your animal a massage. :)

Look for the wonderful Shirley Jones on the cover.

THANK YOU, Lori Golden and The Pet Press!

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Hot Car=Hot Oven!

Bob Barker teams up with SEAACA for this very important message about the danger of leaving animals in cars:

"Summer Buddies" at ALL Los Angeles Area Shelters: Adopt 2 Cats for the Price of One until Sept. 30th!


events@foundanimals.org | (877) 580-PETS

1 Great Offer for 2 Great Cats

Adopt 1 cat and Found Animals

will pay for the 2nd cat!

(until September 30th)

NORTH CENTRAL- www.laanimalservices.com

3201 Lacy St., Los Angeles CA 90031

SOUTH LOS ANGELES- www.laanimalservices.com

3621 11th Ave., Los Angeles CA 90018

WEST LOS ANGELES- www.laanimalservices.com

11361 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064

EAST VALLEY- www.laanimalservices.com

14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys CA 91405

WEST VALLEY- www.laanimalservices.com

20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth CA 91311

HARBOR- www.laanimalservices.com

957 N. Gaey St., San Pedro CA 90731

AGOURA- www.animalcare.lacounty.gov

29525 Agoura Rd, Agoura CA 91301

BALDWIN PARK- www.animalcare.lacounty.gov

4275 N. Elton St., Baldwin Park, CA 91706

CARSON- www.animalcare.lacounty.gov

216 W. Victoria St., Gardena, CA 90248

CASTAIC- www.animalcare.lacounty.gov

31044 N. Charlie Canyon Rd., Castaic CA 91384

DOWNEY- www.animalcare.lacounty.gov

11258 S. Garfield Ave., Downey, CA 90242

LANCASTER- www.animalcare.lacounty.gov

5210 W. Ave. I, Lancaster, CA 93536


42116 4th St. E., Lancaster, CA 93535






9777 Seaaca St., Downey, CA 90241



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Buddha Dog (possibly) on Pit Boss

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!

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Meet the Latest Buddha Dogs of the Month in The Pet Press that need a loving home!

Meet Bijou!
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!
Karma Rescue

310-512-RUFF (7833)

Meet Potsie!

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.

Angels in Fur Dog Rescue
(818) 335-3034

Meet Buddha!
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!
Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue

Meet Sophie!
I was rescued downtown when kids were throwing water balloons at me.  My leg was broken and never treated years ago, but I still love to go on short walks, play in the water, squeaky toys, kids, and other mellow dogs.  I am a 7-8 year old Rottie mix and am a very low-maintenance gal!
Bark Avenue Foundation
(213) 840-0153

Beautiful green-eyed Paloma from Forte Animal Rescue is a sweet, smart, young Staffie mix that loves car rides and gets along with most dogs. She is stressed and losing weight from being kenneled for 2½ years, and is in desperate need of a foster or permanent home. Could you be the answer to her prayers?

Archie from Forte Animal Rescue is a mellow, sweet, loving and healthy Lab/Pit Bull. He is an old soul that loves kids, other mellow dogs and car rides. He's been patient since getting out of the shelter waiting for his forever home, but hopes his soulmate will find him soon. Could you be that someone?

Forte Animal Rescue

Would you like to sponsor a "Pet of the Month" in The Pet Press?
(These ads really work!)

for more information to help special-needs animals find forever homes.

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Legendary Bingo for the Ozzy Foundation on October 13th

Wednesday, October 13, 2010- 9pm show

Legendary Bingo
Hamburger Mary's
8288 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046

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.

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Buddha Dog at Buddha Bark Wonderpark

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!  :)


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

Benefiting Best Friends Animal Society, Much Love Animal Rescue & The Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation.

Hollywood, CA

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.


  • Doggie Fashion Shows hosted by TV personality/actor Hal Sparks & Kate Linder
  • Dog Agility Demonstrations and Interactive Dog Park
  • Private Animal Communicator Readings
  • Complimentary Hair Cleansings & Blowouts courtesy Chaz Dean Stylists
  • Teeth Cleaning for Dogs
  • Doggie Grooming
  • Dog and People massage
  • Gourmet vegan cuisine and dog treats

Warren Eckstein's Hugs and Kisses Animal Fund Paws for a Cause Fundraiser

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

Scott Sorrentino, Elaine Hendrix, me, Elle Wittelsbach, Alan Bovinett & Heidi Huebner
Thank you to Elle Wittelsbach of Strangest Angels Animal Rescue for the photo.

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

Susan Olsen, me & Eileen Smulson

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.

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RESCUE RIVERIA: Shelter Dogs from L. A. get a Life on the Riviera

Reported by West Coast Director of Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) and CNN iReporter, Carole Raphaelle Davis

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.

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Councilman Tony Cárdenas' 3rd Annual Pet Care Fair

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!

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Thank you, Denise Fleck of Sunny-dog Ink for having Buddha Dog at these three great events:

Buddha Dog had a booth at the 2nd Annual Pawstronomical Pet CPR Event to benefit the Volunteers of the Burbank Shelter in April.

Denise Fleck of Sunny-dog Ink demonstrating CPR at the 2nd Annual Pawstronomical Pet CPR Event

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.

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Emma Zen and Barkcode

Emma Zen is a Shelter Survivor, Therapy Dog, Canine Actor and Model, Pet Philosopher and the Canine Ambassador for Biker Dogs.  She just returned from Sturgis and the 2nd Annual Biker Dog Rally where she rode over 4000 miles in 4 weeks.  Check out this montage of photos from her adventure:

Emma even got some media coverage in a local paper while on her trip!
Emma had the most fun birthday party in June that I was lucky enough to attend with my Shug & Shirley.  Emma's party even made the latest issue of The American Dog Magazine!
©Debra Jo Chiapuzio, Emma's mom
My Shirley with Dewey and another sweetie waiting patiently for a slice of puppy pizza by OC Doggie Dinners
And Shirley enjoying a slice!  :)
This was a special day where I had the honor of massaging Miss Emma Zen and her mom, Debra Jo, made this nice movie about it:
Check out Emma's Technology Page to learn more about BARKCODE™!
BARKCODE™ Introduces The First 2D (2-Dimensional) Data Code Pet Photo ID Tag! (patent pending)
Taking pet safety into the future with immediate "On The Spot Pet Identification"™

Unlike traditional pet ID tags, BARKCODE™ provides The 2D Pet Code & URL:  Each BARKCODE™ Pet Photo ID Tag comes with your pet's very own web address and 2D Code printed on the back of your pets ID tag. The 2D Code can be accessed when needed by simply taking a picture with a Smartphone.  Both the URL and 2D Code take the finder of your pet to your pet's personal profile page.  You and only you control what information you want to post and make available to the finder of your lost, injured or stolen pet.  Give the finder of your pet the tools they need to get in touch with you right away!  List multiple telephone numbers, your Vet's number etc. the possibilities are endless.  
BARKCODE™ helping your pet home to You!

Tags have gone high tech! In the age of software, computers and smart phones the dog is not to be left behind!
Use the code emma at checkout (all lower case) and you'll get your tags at 10% OFF! And the first year of service FREE!

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Buddha Dog at Healthy Spot!

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

And at a recent gathering of the Association of Celebrity Personal Assistants (and their dogs) at Healthy Spot's West Hollywood location:

Photo by Grace Chon of Shine Pet Photos

Buddha Dog massages are available at both Healthy Spot locations!

1110 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, 90401

8525 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, 90069

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A Modest Proposal

A Couples' Proposal to Save Rescued Animals Named

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 Torrance, and moved to Redondo Beach.  No sooner were boxes unpacked, they began pouring all their energies into a campaign they had launched a year earlier, titled "Bridging the Gap."


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 West Hollywood, progress such as this one developed by the Turners may be in high demand.




Top 25 to Watch in 2010   Pet Product News January 2010


Nathan Winograd blog  (2-2-10- section concerning ban on sale of dogs in W. Hollywood)

Nathan Winograd


NAPRP Newsletter (1-14-10)  Susan Daffron


"Pet Store Teams Up with Rescue"   (4-09)  Pet Product News

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A HUGE THANK YOU to the wonderful Becky Starr of Animal Wellness Magazine for her article on LA Pet Care Examiner about Buddha Dog!

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Some Buddha Dog Reminders:

  • Referral Rewards (half-off a 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.

Shelter Stories by Patrick McDonnell

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