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                                  November/December 2011   

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Upcoming Holiday

Events in Ocean Beach   



Sun., Nov. 6, 2 a.m.--

End of Daylight Savings Time.

With sunset coming so early, now is the time to get a Pet Blinker, Pup Light, or reflective collar & leash for your best friend.  You can legally walk your dog on leash on any city beach or park after 4 p.m. (in the summer it's 6 p.m.), so pick up a small flashlight for your evening walks; darkness does not absolve you from picking up after your dog.  Light the way.



Tues., Nov. 8, 5-9 p.m.-- Restaurant Walk (44 bars & restaurants in O.B.).  $15 tickets at Dog Beach Dog Wash, and they sell out early. 


Sat., Nov. 12, 2011, 9 to 11 a.m.--Dog Beach Cleanup with Friends of Dog Beach, at the pawprint entry to Dog Beach.  Bags & gloves, plus toys & treats will be provided for you and your friendly dogs.



Mon., Nov. 21, 2011-- Food & Toy Drive Donation Boxes out throughout the community.  Donations can also be made at the Wednesday OB Farmers Market on Newport Ave., Dec. 7 & 14, from 4 to 7 p.m.   

Distribution of food & toys to local needy families will be Sat., Dec. 17th.

Offers of help can be made to the OB Town Council/OB Tree Committee:  call Claudia Jack at 619-846-6269, or 619-515-4400.  


Food & Toys (new, unopened) for local shelter pets may be made this holiday season at county animal shelters -- or drop off at Dog Beach Dog Wash, and we'll deliver to the County's Central Shelter on Gaines St.



Sat., Nov. 26, 2011, 9 to 11 a.m.--Coastkeeper's Ocean Beach Jetty Cleanup.  Bring your bucket, water bottle and gloves.  Meet at Dog Beach.  



Thurs., Dec. 1, 20111, 9 a.m.--Local Kids Decorate the OB Christmas Tree

(will Santa be there?)



Thurs., Dec. 1, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.--  OB Tree Auction (21 yrs. & up with ID), Sunshine Company Saloon.



Sat., Dec. 3, 5:05 p.m.--OB Holiday Parade, down Newport Ave. (from Sunset Cliffs Blvd. to the Beach).



Sat., Dec. 3, 10, 17, & 24, 2011,  

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.--OB Craft Fair on the Beach (Newport Ave. & Abbott St.).  Santa will visit each Sat. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.




Iams Home 4 the Holidays

Oct. 1, 2011 through Jan. 4, 2011, sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center, 6461 El Apajo Road, Rancho Santa Fe, CA and at animal shelters and pet rescue groups worldwide!


The goal of this 13th annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive is to find loving families and lifelong homes for more than 1.5 million orphan dogs, cats, and other pets through the participation of more than 3,500 animal shelters and pet rescue organizations worldwide.  Don't support puppy mills and backyard breeders.  Visit a participating IH4TH shelter or rescue group and make a difference!  Save the life of an orphaned pet this holiday season.  





Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, 9 to 11 a.m.--Dog Beach Cleanup with Friends of Dog Beach, at the pawprint entry to Dog Beach.  Bags & gloves, plus toys & treats will be provided for you and your friendly dogs.  


Happy Thanksgiving!


How will your pets be spending Thanksgiving this year?  


Chances are, most dogs will be spending the day in the middle of the holiday festivities, hunting for turkey treats Thanksgiving petsand dropped food particles.   


To keep them healthy and happy, here are some hints to keep in mind:

Yes, dogs and cats can eat turkey, but it's best to give them small bits of white meat -- without skin, and absolutely NO BONES -- mixed with their regular food.  Small amounts of unseasoned carrots or sweet potatoes are welcome treats for dogs, but skip the butter/herbs/salt/pepper.  Poultry skin and fatty dark meat can lead to gastric distress and pancreatitis, a serious inflammatory condition of the pancreas that causes vomiting and dehydration.  Turkey bones can splinter and puncture the intestines.      

Before you gather with family and friends to give thanks and enjoy your feast, take your dog out for an extra-long walk or playtime and make sure he/she is extra tired.  Give your dogs special chew toys to occupy them while you enjoy your meal:  knuckle bones, braided bully sticks, moose or elk antlers, or a Kong toy stuffed with kibble, bits of lean turkey meat, and sealed with low-fat peanut butter.  Be sure to let your guests know beforehand that they shouldn't give any table food to your dogs no matter how cute they look when they beg.  


Here's a great Turkey Loaf recipe to make for your dogs:


1    Pound of lean ground turkey
1    Egg
1 Cups of breadcrumbs
3    Tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, grated
   teaspoon of oregano, dried
1    teaspoon of parsley, dried
   teaspoon of garlic powder 



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Oil a shallow baking pan with vegetable oil.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl using your hands. Then form the mixture into 6 small loaves.  Place the loaves evenly spaced in the baking pan.
  3. Put in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until the loaves are fully cooked.
  4. When they are done allow the loaves to cool completely before serving.

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Serves 6 tasty turkey loaves.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
Three holiday dogs

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year's, Three Kings Day, or all of the above...all of us at Dog Beach Dog Wash wish you and your families a joyful and happy holiday season.


As a celebration and our thanks to you for your ongoing support and loyalty, we'll be serving hot spiced cider from Thanksgiving through New Year's, and selling our special Coupon Books (5 dog wash coupons for $50) during that time.


After Thanksgiving, we'll have holiday toys, treats, and bandanas, along with free gift wrapping for those special presents for your pets (and some gift items for your canine-loving friends).
And here are our 2011 Holiday Hours:


* Thanksgiving -- Thurs., Nov. 24: 
    8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


* OB Holiday Parade -- Sat., Dec. 3:         Closing at 5 p.m.


* Staff Holiday Party-- Tues., Dec.13: Closing at 6 p.m.


* Christmas Eve -- Sat., Dec. 24:  Closing at 6 p.m.


* Christmas -- Sun., Dec. 25:  8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


* New Year's Eve -- Sat., Dec. 31:  Closing at 6 p.m.

Last wash is 30 minutes before closing. 
Holiday Photos at Dog Beach Dog Wash

Colleen's Custom Pet Photography will be taking
holiday photos beginning November 26. 

For only $35,
you'll get a 30-minute session ($5 extra for more than one pet) and a CD of 10-15 images that  will provide lasting memories. 

You may use the CD to order large prints, cards, T-shirts, mouse pads, and more.  Call Dog Beach Dog Wash now to make your appointment (619) 523-1700.  The 2011 photo sessions will be:

Saturday, November 26, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, 1 to 6 p.m.
Friday, December 2, 1 to 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 1 to 6 p.m.

See more of Colleen's photos and services at


Have a healthy and happy Holiday Season. 

Mindy & Jane (and Juno, Chipper & Zydeco  

Dog Beach Dog Wash


"Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace."
- Milan Kundera