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                                  October 2012    

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Oct. 1, 2012 through Jan. 2, 2013 -- 14th Annual Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center and the Iam's pet food company, with 4,000 animal shelters participating throughout the United States and 22 other nations.  This year's goal is to place 1.5 million orphan dogs and cats and other pets into forever, loving homes by the new year.

For a shelter or rescue group near you see 



Sat., October 13 & November 10, 2012, 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


Del Mar Pet Expo 2012Sat. & Sun., Oct. 13 & 14, 2012, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. -- San Diego Pet Expo, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in north San Diego County, to benefit local shelters and animal care groups.

The Expo features entertainment, contests, vendors and pet adoptions.  Admission is $6, with children 5 & under Free. 



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Sun., Oct. 14, 2012, 8 to 9:30ish a.m. -- 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Fund Raiser, "Burn Your Booty for Boobies,"  by Leash Your Fitness to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.  $30 per participant, and dogs and spectators are welcome. Meet in the back of the San Diego Convention Center for this heart-pumping stair climbing event. 



  Hornblower Bow Wow Cruise

Sun., Oct. 21, 2012, 11:30 a.m. -- 4th Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise, at the Hornblower Landing at Grape Street Pier, San Diego.
The 2-hour Bow Wow Brunch Cruise and Halloween Dog Costume Contest is offered to help raise money for and awareness about orphaned pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center.  The cost is $69, with one adult handler per dog.  A doggie buffet is included. 



Fri., Oct. 26, 2012, 1 to 5 p.m. -- Psychiatric Service Dog Seminar by the Psychiatric Service Dog Registry, for medical professionals, dog trainers and interested individuals, to provide education on psychiatric service dogs, their tasks and abilities, and benefits.  Enrollment is limited, and the location in the Gaslamp, San Diego will be provided upon registration.  $50 tax deductible fee to benefit Paws for Veterans. or call (321) 684-8216 



  FACE Foundation

Sat., Oct. 27, 2012, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- FACE Foundation's "iSweat4Pets" Nature Wellness Dog Walk, featuring multiple trails for every fitness level and pet-friendly vendor village, at San Dieguito County Park, 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Del Mar. 



Canine Carnival  

Sun., Oct. 28, 2012, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -- 7th Annual "Howl-O-Ween" OB Canine Carnival, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach, with costume contest and parade, vendors, food and games.   

Registration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($7 for single dog, $10 for groups of dogs, & $10 for floats).  Parade from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., with Prizes at 3 p.m. 



Colleen's Custom Pet Photo shoot  

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 10 & 11, and Nov. 17 & 18, 2012, 9 a.m-6 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-6 p.m. Sundays -- Colleen's Annual Custom Pet Photos at Dog Beach Dog Wash. A 30-min. photo session (up to 2 dogs, with or without guardians) for $40.  Make your appointment now by calling us at (619) 523-1700.  Hanukkah begins Dec. 8 and Christmas is 17 days later, so there's time to plan your holiday photos now. 


Beware of Chicken Jerky from China

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning to avoid feeding chicken jerky treats from China, after more than 2,200 reports have been received from pet owners claiming their animals were sickened or died after eating these treats.  In the past year and a half, at least 360 dogs and one cat have died in the U.S. after eating these treats.   Chicken Jerky
The FDA says the majority of complaints involve chicken jerky (treats, tenders and strips), but others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, or yams. 

The FDA has stopped short of issuing
a "recall" of these treats, because their analysis to date has turned up no toxic chemical or microbiological contaminants.  The agency is currently looking at irradiation as a possible cause of pet illness associated with these treats from China, which can exceed seven times the level deemed safe for human consumption of frozen, uncooked meats, according to

In 2009, the Australian government banned irradiated pet foods and treats, after several cats died or suffered neurological damage after eating irradiated food over several months.  Since chicken jerky treats from China are not necessary for a complete balanced diet, the FDA says eliminating pet food and treats from China is easily done.

Dog Beach Dog Wash, until recently, carried a few of these treats after independent labs in the U.S. provided reports guaranteeing their safety (Dogswell and some Smokehouse jerky treats).  But after the latest warning from the FDA we have pulled these treats, and now only carry treats sourced and made in the USA or Canada, so you can shop with confidence.  You can still find plenty of these China treats at Target, Walmart, Costco, Petco and PetSmart, so please read the labels and DO NOT BUY OR FEED PET TREATS MADE IN CHINA.

If you suspect you or someone else has given your dog treats from China, and your pet shows signs of illness within hours or days of eating the product (decreased appetite or activity; vomiting and diarrhea, sometimes with blood; increased water consumption and/or increased urination) stop feeding the treats and see your veterinarian.  Report the findings to

Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

Please join us at the 7th Annual Ocean Beach Canine Carnival, sponsored by the OB Kiwanis Club, on October 28, 2012 at Dusty Rhodes Park (Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Nimitz Blvd.) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


There will be games and vendor booths and goodies for pets and people.  The highlight of the Carnival is the doggie costume parade, and it's not too late to make a clever outfit for your best friend:

The crowds go wild for theme costumes with the dog and human handlers dressed up alike, such as this family from last year's parade:

Halloween Pirates

Registration for the Parade begins at 11:30 a.m., and the Parade starts at 1:30 p.m.  There is plenty of parking at Robb Field on the west side of Sunset Cliffs Blvd. (entry at Bacon St. off West Pt. Loma Blvd.). 

Parade registration is $7 for single dog, $10 for groups of dogs, and $10 for floats, or dogs riding on wagons, skateboards, other dogs, etc.  Judging categories are fun and whimsical, and winners are announced after 3 p.m.  Spectator admission to the carnival and parade is free.

For Halloween Safety Tips, provided by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals (ASPCA), see

Happy Halloween
photo of Jane & Mindy and their pets
Jane & Mindy (with Chipper, Juno & Zydeco)