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                                  January-February 2014      

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Sun., Jan. 19, 2014, 12 Noon to 3 p.m. -- 5th Annual Blessing of the Animals at the Old Town San Diego Historic Park. 

This free event encourages visitors to bring pets for a blessing (12:30-1:30 p.m.) from the local Catholic priest and will include other animal-themed events, a costume and trick contest, dog adoptions, and much more.  




Sat., Jan. 25 & Sun., Jan. 26, 2014, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. --  San Diego Cat Fanciers CFA All-Breed Cat Show  at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. in Del Mar).  Judging of more than 40 cat breeds, plus cat agility demonstrations, exhibits and shopping.  Admission is $9 for adults, children under 6 free. 





Sat., Feb. 1 through Mon., Feb. 17, 2014, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. -- Celebrate Dog Beach Dog Wash's 21st Anniversary, with Valentine Savings on everything in our shop.  We Love Our Customers!  






Sun., Feb. 2, 2014, 8 a.m. -- 4th Annual Hungry Dog Dash, a 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Point Loma High School Cross Country Team.  This flat course at NTC Park at Liberty Station (2455 Cushing Road) is USAT&F certified and sanctioned, and dogs and strollers are encouraged.  Registration is $15 to $25, with a $10 optional Poker Run.  Sign up at   




Sun., Feb. 2, 2014, 3 p.m. EST -- 2014 Puppy Bowl X on Animal Planet TV).  See the cute puppy lineup here. The Puppy Bowl is ramping up its events this year. For the first time, Animal Planet will host a Fantasy Puppy League, online MVP voting. Plus, the game will have penguin cheerleaders.  Check your local TV listings for Animal Planet channel or watch free online at 




Sat., February 8, 2014, 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.  Pick up your copy of the entire 2014 Cleanup Schedule at the next Cleanup.

Sat., Feb. 22, 2014, 10 a.m. -- K9 Cancer Walk to benefit the Morris Animal Foundation's quest to find a cure for canine cancer (the leading cause of death for dogs over age 2) at Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Dr., San Marcos, CA 92069.  Registration begins at 9 a.m., $15 for children, $30 for adults, or form a team.  After the walk enjoy a dog expo & celebration.

Sat., Feb. 22, 2014, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- 2nd Annual 5K Paw Walk in the Garden, sponsored by the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanical Gardens) at the 37-acre San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas, CA 92024.  Registration is $6 to $24.

Sat., March 1, 2014, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. -- San Diego Pet Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This free event features exhibits, demonstrations, information, shopping and adoptions, and a chance to meet Animal Planet's "Pit Boss," Shorty & Hercules

Sat., March 22, 2014, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon -- Navy's Wooof Walk, a one-mile walk, contests, demonstrations, and pet expo; to benefit the Navy Quality of Life Programs.  Open to the public for the first time, at the Admiral Baker Picnic Area, 2400 Admiral Baker Road, San Diego, CA 92124.  Free parking.  Registration begins at 8 a.m., $12 for children 12 and under, and $20 for adults; military active duty and seniors $15

Sun., March 30, 2014, 8 a.m. to 12 Noon -- Paws in the Park, sponsored by the Escondido Humane Society at Kit Carson Park at Kit Carson Park, featuring the walk, entertainment, games, drawing and Paw Vendor Expo.
Form a team to raise funds to benefit the Escondido Humane Society:

Winter Fun With Your Dogs

Even though San Diego skipped the horrors of the recent "Polar Vortex" and has been enjoying dry, balmy weather, we might still see some snow in our local mountains in the next couple of months, or at least a few wet days.


But rather than hibernate until daylight savings time returns (March 9), this is a great time to crank up your playtime with your dog, both indoors and out.  Here are some fun things to do this winter with your dogs:


Outdoor Activities


* Fetch - This works about the same in cold weather as in warm.  You throw a ball or frisbee and wait for your dog to return it, and repeat.  If playing in snow, get a brightly colored toy so you can find it again.  Or lob a few soft snowballs at your dogs to see what they will do with them.   Lucky for us they can't lob back.


* Hiking - Take your dog hiking on dirt trails at Mission Trails, Tecolote Canyon, Sunset Cliffs, or Los Penasquitos Canyon.  If it snows, head for the Laguna Mountains.  You can rent snowshoes for about $15 at local sporting goods stores (e.g., REI or Sport Chalet).  Your dog might  need some comfy dog boots and a warm coat, in addition to a long leash, if you spend much time outside in the snow.


* Skijoring - This is cross country skiing combined with dog mushing/racing.

You may borrow or rent the cross country skis, boots and poles, but you will have to buy a special dog harness and belt.  Look up "skijoring equipment" at Let your dog pull you through the snow.  This is fun and exciting for humans and for any dog over 30 pounds. 


* Tracking -  This is like a game for dogs, like hide-and-seek.  This scent game challenges a dog's problem solving skills and keeps their keen sense of smell active.  It is also rewarding when they successfully track a scent.  To get started, we recommend Jamie Bozzi's class on K9 Nose Work here at Dog Beach Dog Wash, or in private consultation.  If you're out in an off-leash area, hide behind tree or snow bank and call your dog to see how long it takes for her to find you.  Reward the good tracking with treats and pets.


* Mushing - Dog Sled Racing is one of the most exciting activities outdoors with dogs.  If you can't make it to the start of this year's Iditarod Race, March 2, in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, you can watch it on the Sportsman Channel (available on AT&T U-Verse TV, DirectTV, or DISH Network in San Diego - not Cox or Time Warner).  Or plan now for a future dog sledding trip to Minnesota, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Canada that include day-trips or week-long adventures.  But you will have to leave your dogs behind. 


Indoor Activities


* Agility - If your dog is active and likes a challenge, consider taking dog agility classes.  You get to work as a team with your dog to get around different obstacles along a timed course.  In San Diego, classes are taught at the Canine Sports Center in El Cajon.  Contact the nonprofit for more information.


* Brain Games - Dogs like to work hard and then get rewarded for their behavior.  The Nina Ottosson puzzle toys (such as Brick, Pyramid, Tornado, Twister ) can be a great way to keep your dog entertained and challenged for hours, with rewards along the way.    

The Busy Buddy toys from Premier (Tug-A-Jug & Twist 'N Treat) are a bit easier to see and remove treats from, but still fun for food-motivated and/or bored dogs.


* Hide & Seek - While not as challenging as outdoor tracking, this activity is fun and stimulating for dogs with good sniffers.  "Hide" your dog's favorite toy (in another room or on a piece of furniture) and tell your dog to "find it."  He or she may need some help and encouragement at first, but he/she will get better at it.  You can also hide another human family member, and tell your dog to "find Jerry."  It helps if you have already trained your dog to know the names of his/her toys, the names of the rooms in your house, and the names of the family members.  If working with dog tracking, rub a bit of peanut butter on your key fob, and begin training your dog to "find my keys."    


* Stairs - This only works if you have stairs.  If you are stuck in the house on a cold, rainy day, running up & down stairs is a fun and tiring activity.  This isn't a good option if your dog is older or has joint problems.  Less strenuous, but still fun, is Stair Ball -- your dog stands at the top of the stairs, and from the bottom of the stairs you throw a ball to him/her.  The dog releases it and watches intently to see if you can catch it.  If it lands half-way up, one or the other of you must retrieve it.  Keep score.  The dog almost always wins! 


 * Clean Up the Toys - Get a laundry basket, gather some of your dog's toys, and scatter them on the floor.  By rewarding your dog with treats, encourage your dog to pick up each item, give it to you and watch you put the item in the basket as you say excitedly, "Clean up your toys!" 

Eventually your dog will put the toy directly into the basket.  Reward him or her with exaggerated enthusiasm, treats and praise. This will work with your kids, too.


* Napping - If it's really cold and rainy, make some popcorn and settle in with your dog to watch a movie or read a book.  If your dog is warm and cuddly, the nap comes naturally to both of you.    

Why Do Dogs Chase Cats

Many dogs are perfectly comfortable with, and even affectionate toward the cats they know, and many others would just as happily chase a cat as a plastic bag.  But for dogs who like to hunt, a cat represents the same thing as a squirrel or a bird or a rabbit:  dinner.

While some dogs can never be trusted around their feline counterparts, most others can be socialized by exposure to cats at a young age.

The average speed of domestic cats is 30 mph -- that of dogs (not counting whippets or greyhounds) is 22 mph -- which might be why we still have cats.


Happy Valentine's Day!

Mindy & Jane (with Juno, Zydeco & Chipper)

"The time to save is now. When a dog gets a bone, he doesn't go out and make a down payment on a bigger bone. He buries the one he's got." 
--Will Rogers