Sat., July 16, 2011, 9 a.m.-12 Noon, Hounds for Hope Walk - A Canine Cancer Awareness and Wellness Festival, by Labrador Harbor Inc., Dusty Rhodes Park in Ocean Beach. Registration is $20 per participant
Sun., July 31, 2011, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.--San Diego's 3rd Annual Doggie Street Festival, Hilton San Diego, Bayfront Park, 1 Park Blvd., downtown San Diego, with dog adoptions, fun and entertainment
Sat., August 27, 2011, 10 a.m. --Bark for Life: A Canine Event to Fight Cancer, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Dusty Rhodes Park, Sunset Cliffs Blvd. between Nimitz & West Pt. Loma Blvd.
Sat., August 13,2011, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.--Dog Days of Summer Canine Festival & Contest, by Cardiff 101 MainStreet, at Aberdeen Dr. & Newcastle Ave. in Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Sun., Sept. 11, 2011, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.--6th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon, for the Helen Woodward Animal Center, at Dog Beach, Del Mar. Dog Surfing Clinics offered March through August
Wed.-Sun., Oct. 12-16, 2011,
Association of Pet Dog Trainers 18th Annual Conference & Trade Show, at the Town & Country Resort, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego. This outstanding conference offers cutting-edge information for dog trainers, behaviorists,
(cost to register starts at $355 for non-members)
Sun., Oct. 23, 2011, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.--6th Annual Kiwanis Club's Ocean Beach Canine Carnival & Doggie Costume Parade (1:30-2:30 p.m.), Dusty Rhodes Park at Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Nimitz Blvd.
Enjoy Independence Day!
Independence Day is a great opportunity to show gratitude for our American freedoms, including our right to have a dog, and to have the space to play frisbee or chase off-leash at the beach or public dog park.
July 4th also promises picnics, concerts and fireworks to boost everyone's patriotic spirits. But this holiday can bring peril to our dogs beyond the interruption of their regular routine.
Barbecues with friends and family are standard ways to celebrate, but crowds of people and boisterous kids can cause serious stress in dogs. Fatty foods (potato salad, hot dogs, cheesecake) can cause stomach upsets, even pancreatitis, in dogs and cats.
While many dogs can adapt to nightly fireworks from Sea World, the extremely loud noise of prolonged community fireworks shows -- and worse, the random illegal firecrackers shot off by idiots in alleys and yards throughout the day -- can cause many dogs to suffer extreme anxiety and run away.
The county's Animal Services department claims that July 5th is its busiest day of the year due to all the dogs that get lost the day before. Fear from loud fireworks can cause a dog to jump a 6' fence, tear through a screen door, or break through a plate glass window.
For your and your dog's sake, this Independence Day keep your dogs on their regular schedules (meals and pottie breaks), feed them their normal food, help them avoid large crowds, and KEEP THEM SAFELY INDOORS. You can keep them in a quiet area, with music playing, and provide a favorite toy or chew treat, until the worst of the revelry dies down.
You can support your efforts to calm anxious dogs with safe products from Dog Beach Dog Wash, such as Bach's Rescue Remedy for Pets (alcohol-free), Pet Naturals of Vermont's Calming Bone-Shaped Treats (for large or small dogs), or Dogswell's Mellow Mut Chicken Breast treats. Also likely to occupy and satisfy dogs for longer periods of time are bully sticks, knuckle or knee bones, and stuffed frozen Kongs. Remember to select the appropriate size or dosage for your dog.
Happy July 4th!
|Traveling With Your Pet|
Whether you're planning a day trip, a weekend get-away, or a month-long cross-country trek this summer, a little planning can make the vacation more fun for everyone.
Make sure your pets are healthy and have up-to-date vaccinations before your trip. Health certificates are required for airline or international travel.
If your pets are ill or injured, talk to your veterinarian or one of our staff about licensed and insured pet sitters; or clean, well run boarding kennels.
The safest way for a dog to travel in a truck or car is
in a strong, well ventilated crate, or at the very least with a harness attached to a seatbelt.
If your car's passenger seat is equipped with an airbag, don't let your dog sit up front; put them in back.
When travelling with your dogs, don't forget to bring their current licenses and vaccination records, medications and first aid kit, poop pickup bags, food, water & bowls, collars & 6' or less leashes, bedding, favorite toys, and temporary ID tags. If you'll be hiking in the woods, make sure your dogs are protected from ticks with Frontline Plus, or Preventic (a tick collar), and a tick remover such as Ticked Off.
Depending on your destination, there are a number of books ( The AAA PetBook ) and websites that can help with your vacation planning including lodging, and travel by car, plane, train, bus or boat:
And if you're stuck in San Diego this summer, hosting out-of-town relatives, ask for our list of pet friendly hotels and motels in San Diego -- on our website:
Have a safe and pleasant journey.
Happy Independence Day. We'll be serving lemonade the weekend of July 4th, (we close at 4 p.m. on the 4th), so please stop by. Our Coupon Books (4 washes for $40) will be on sale through the week of the holiday, so get yours now for extra savings. Our regular hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mindy & Jane (and Juno, Chipper & Zydeco)Dog Beach Dog Wash