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                                  November-December 2013     

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October 1, 2013-January 2, 2013 --
15th Annual Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, sponsored by the Helen Woodward Animal Center and Blue Buffalo dog food company (new this year).  Nearly 4,000 shelters and rescue organizations around the world now participate in this three-month drive to find loving, forever homes for more than 1.5 million orphan dogs, cats and other pets, including San Diego County's Dept. of Animal Services, and Chihuahua, Spaniel, and It's The Pits rescue groups




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November 3-November 30 -- Labrador Harbor's
8th Annual Online Auction
to raise charitable funds to help the immediate health or behavioral care of Labrador Retrievers.  Items include gift certificates to local restaurants, museums, attractions and more

Sat., November 9 & December 14, 2013, 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

K9s For Warriors
Sun., November 10, 2013, 10 a.m. --
Bark Breakfast for K9s For Warriors, in support of matching rescue dogs from shelters with veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, at the Loews Coronado Bay Hotel Resort, 4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, CA 92118
For tickets, or to make a donation, contact

Colleen's Custom Pet Photography
Sat., November 23 & 30, 9 am-5 pm;  &
Sun., Nov. 24 & Dec. 1, 2013, 1:30-5 pm -- Colleen's Annual Custom Pet Photos
at Dog Beach Dog Wash.  Your half-hour appointment may include you, holiday props, or just your animals, and prints and cards/envelops can be ordered then.  Cost is $40, cash or check only.  Make your appointment now by calling us at (619) 523-1700.  Colleen suggests you exercise your pet before the photo session (tired, relaxed animals make better models) and feed them less so any treats given seem extra special
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Sat., November 30, 2013 --
Shop Small Business Saturday.  Register any eligible American Express Card between Nov. 24-30 and get $10 back when you spend $10 or more on Nov. 30, at Dog Beach Dog Wash (a qualifying business).  See the Small Business Saturday map of all qualifying businesses starting Nov. 21, 2013.
We'll be serving hot spiced cider, and offering 10% Off on all dog & cat toys in honor of this day in support of small, locally owned, independent businesses

Sat., December 7, 2013, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Jingle Paws Walk for Pets, with Santa's Village, Pet Adoptions and photos with Santa, to benefit the El Cajon Animal Shelter by ACES Foundation.  At Wells Park, 1153 East Madison Ave. in El Cajon.  Walk begins at 9 a.m. and registration ($25 before Nov. 25) starts at 8 a.m.

Gaslamp Pet Parade
Sun., December 8, 2013, 2 p.m. -- 6th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade (+ Costume Contest & Pet Expo), from the Gaslamp Hilton Park (next to the Hilton San Diego-Gaslamp Quarter at 4th Ave. & K St.).  Viewing is free.  Early parade registration is $15 (day-of, $20) and the Pet Expo runs from 1 to 5 p.m.

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

   The holiday season is for spending time with friends and holiday feasts -- but it's also a time for possible distress for our animal companions.  Here are some safety precautions to take around the holidays to keep your dogs and cats healthy and happy:

1. Fatty Foods:  Too many fatty, rich, or unfamiliar foods can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis; two medical conditions that can be very painful and even life-threatening


2. Diet and Exercise:  Maintain your pet's regular meal and exercise schedule and avoid too many holiday leftovers. A disruption in his or her dietary routine can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and/or vomiting


3. Bones:  Make no bones about it. Certain bones can lacerate or obstruct your pets' insides. Save the bones for the broth - not your dog


4. Onions:  Onions and onion powder, widely found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, will destroy your dog or cat's red blood cells, which can lead to anemia


5. Grapes and Raisins:  Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats


6. Chocolate:  Chocolate can actually be fatal to your dog or cat; so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach


7. Food Wrappings:  Aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction. Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage


8. Fresh Water:  Make sure your pet always has fresh water. When there are more people in the house, there's more chance to bump into the water bowl leaving your pet dry


9. Quiet Time:  Make sure your pets have a quiet retreat should the holiday festivities be too much for them. Watch their behavior to make sure they are not stressed


10. Garbage:  Keep an eye on the garbage and keep it securely fastened! If your dogs or cats get into it, they may think they have hit the jackpot, but all they'll be winning is health problems from something as simple as gastric disturbance, vomiting and diarrhea to the worst-case scenario - death


Gizmo wants sqeaky toy & treats  


11. ID Tags:  An open door may be an invitation for your pet to bolt.  Make sure all pets have a current ID tag & collar so you can be quickly reunited.  The San Diego County Department of Animal Services offers a $20 microchip clinic, with national registration, every Thursday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at all three of its animal shelters


12. Trees, Candles & Decorations:  Secure your tree to a wall or tabletop so it can't fall and cause injuries to you or your pets.  Be careful of lit candles (or use battery-powered ones) and make sure your dog or cat doesn't chew or ingest decorations or wrapping paper & ribbon


   Pet-proofing your house this time of year means a safe and joyful season for all.  Happy Holidays!
Dog Wash 2013 Holiday Hours

* Thanksgiving -- Thurs., Nov. 28 Hanukkah Dog
     8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     Coupon Books go on sale
     (4 washes for $44)

* O.B. Holiday Parade -- Sat., Dec. 7
     Closing at 4 p.m. to enjoy the Parade

* Staff Holiday Party -- Tues., Dec. 10
     Closing at 6 p.m.

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

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

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

All other days -- Regular Hours:  7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
(last wash is 30 minutes before closing)

Happy Veterans Day!
(and Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's)

Mindy & Jane (with Juno, Chipper & Zydeco)

"Dogs really are perfect soldiers.  They are brave and smart; they can smell through walls, see in the dark, and eat Army rations without complaint." 
--Susan Orlean