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Hi Everyone!

Finally, in the middle of October, I have finished the Fall newsletter. I hope you all get a chance to check it out.

Californians have a huge responsibility on November 4th with all the important propositions that will be on our ballot.  The proposition most near and dear to my heart is Prop 2, and I am begging you all to please vote YES ON PROP 2!  It is a moderate measure that will only allow animals on factory farms enough room to stand up, lie down, turn around and extend their limbs.  Something that laying hens, veal calves, and pregnant sows do not have the luxury of doing now.  The opposition is made up of companies that are among some of the worst animal abusers that have had to pay huge fines for their crimes.  They are shelling out millions to convince voters that their food won't be "safe", that prices will increase significantly, and other untruths.  Proposition 2 is endorsed by the Center for Food Safety and the Consumer Federation of America because these things are just not true.  A study concluded that there would not be a substantial increase in prices.  We're talking about a few pennies more for a dozen eggs, but I don't know anyone that wouldn't be willing to pay that to know these animals are being treated more humanely than they are now.  The law would not be in effect until 2015, giving the industry plenty of time to make the transition to give these animals a little more room.  I've included some of the myths and facts about Prop 2 that I'm hoping you can share when you talk to anyone undecided about supporting it.  Please ask everyone you know to VOTE YES ON PROP 2 on November 4th.  It's the least we can do for these animals that give their lives to feed people.

I had such an incredible summer meeting amazing animal people.  I am so appreciative for what you all do!  Thanks to all that signed up for the newsletter either on the website, or at an event.  And a huge thank you to the best clients in the world that love their furry children enough to seek out holistic treatment for them.  Big Kisses to all my sweet furry clients!  Hope to see you all soon!

Peace and Love for the Animals,


Mention the "Fall Special" and get $10 off of any massage session until December 21st, 2008!

BUDDHA DOG now offers a group discount!

from www.dogtownpdx.com

There is a $10 per additional animal discount at the same location
during the same visit.

(The first massage will be regular price, and discounts apply to each additional session in the same visit.)

So, get your friends together, and let's have a doggy (or kitty, or both) massage party! 

Have you adopted an animal from a shelter or rescue in the last 6 months?

If you answered "yes", BLESS YOU and you are eligible for
half-off an animal massage session!

*If you adopted an animal that is 8-yrs-young or older, then the massage is FREE!

Adoption papers must be presented at appointment.
Offer is good for 6 months after adoption.

Are You Looking For Something To Do This Weekend?

Saturday, October 18th, 10 AM-4 PM-
11th Annual Dog Faire and Pet Adoption at the Sepulveda Basin Off-Leash Dog Park

BUDDHA DOG will have a booth at this great event! 

The park is located at the southeast corner of White Oak Ave. and Victory Blvd. in Encino.

11th Annual Dog Faire and Pet Adoption - Event Schedule (Tentative)
Time Event Offered by
10:00 am to 3:00 pm CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TESTING My Best Friend Obedience
12:00 pm OBEDIENCE DEMOS K-9 Assistance Services
2:00 pm SERVICE DOG DEMOS K-9 Assistance Services
Throughout Day ROCKET PAWS FLYBALL TEAM DEMOS Rocket Paws Flyball Team
(Please bring proof of Rabies Vaccination and Spay/Neuter certificate)
Los Angeles Animal Services

If you are interested in participating in this event as a vendor or rescue organization or if you would like to volunteer please e-mail: sboldp@lacity.org

Participating Vendors
K-9 ASSISTANCE SERVICES www.bestfriendsdelivery.com
LOVE YOUR PET www.trendypetjewelry.com

Participating Rescue Organizations
FRENCH BULLDOG VILLAGE RESCUE & PLACEMENT Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles

Sunday, October 19th, 8:30 AM-
Save The Orangutans 5K Run For Survival in Balboa Park

BUDDHA DOG will have a booth at this awesome event!

Lake Balboa Park
6300 Balboa Blvd.
Encino  91316

Join us to protect the Red Ape!  Run this fun course through beautiful Lake Balboa Park and along the LA River.  It's a great scenic course, mile split times given along the course, aid stations and a giant expo.  There will be a fun kids run and walk for the little ones under 12 yrs., and lots of prizes, raffles, and food and drink.

Tues, Nov. 18th "Yappy Hour" at Three Dog Bakery, Sherman Oaks to benefit Forte Animal Rescue

Tuesday, November 18th, 5 PM-7 PM-
Three Dog Bakery, Sherman Oaks presents


to benefit Forte Animal Rescue


I will be offering 10-minute massages for $10. 

ALL proceeds will benefit Forte Animal Rescue (www.farescue.org). 

I'll be sharing massage tips,

and giving out my Massaging your Animal booklet,

as well as coupons for 50% off an animal massage session. 

There will also be a drawing for an animal massage gift certificate.   


All case treats will be 10% off,

as they are every Tuesday during Yappy Hour! 


  •      PLEASE RESERVE YOUR TEN-MINUTE SLOT by calling the bakery at 818-304-0440.

Three Dog Bakery

14545 Ventura Blvd.

(just west of Van Nuys Blvd.)

Sherman Oaks  91403

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Don't leave your pet out in the yard on Halloween: There are plenty of stories of pranksters on this night.

  • Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: Chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals. Tin foil and candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.

  • Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin: Pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.

  • Don't dress the dog in costume unless you know he loves it. Otherwise, it puts a lot of stress on the animal.

  • If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn't constricting, annoying or unsafe. Be careful not to obstruct their vision and get your dog used to wearing his/her costume before the actual date of Halloween.

  • All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog.

  • Be careful your cat or dog doesn't dart out through the open door.

  • Walk your dog early in the night, before it gets dark.
Pet Safety Tips For the Thanksgiving Holiday

According to animal expert, Diana L. Guerrero. "There can be deadly consequences for animals during the holidays. Holiday threats to animals can include seasonal decorations, ornamental lighting, ingestion of inappropriate or toxic items, excessive consumption of rich foods or harmful food, candle flames, and many other hazards."

Before you sit down to feast, Guerrero suggests you take away temptation-from both guests and pets. " If you feed pets before the guests arrive, you reduce the temptation for begging and stealing. You can also use a pet gate or play pen to house the pet nearby, but provide a safety barrier."

One of the easiest ways to avoid trouble is to make sure your guests know the pet rules and discourage them from feeding critters scraps from the table. Guerrero said, "The best approach is to make sure any animal is occupied with a chewy or playmates in another room. Once the table is cleared, make sure pets cannot get to scraps or bones."

Guerrero said the biggest hazards to pets on Thanksgiving include:

  • Rich, fatty foods (turkey skins, gravy, etc,) can contribute to pancreatitis. This inflammation of the digestive gland is painful and can be serious--requiring emergency veterinary assistance.
  • Cooked bones can splinter and cause tears or obstruction in a pet's digestive tract.
  • Baking strings can create trouble if ingested by your pet.
  • Onions in holiday stuffing can lead to canine anemia if consumed by your dog.
  • Grapes and raisin toxins can cause kidney failure in pets.
  • Ingesting chocolate can kill your pet.
  • Caffeine and alcohol are also toxic for pets.
  • Keep all goodies out of reach!

"Preventative safety measures are the best strategies," states Guerrero,
"Keep leftover food out of reach and in tightly closed containers. Make sure garbage cans are secure to keep critters so they are safe from e-coli and unable to chew on leftover tinfoil."

The animal behaviorist suggests that pet households plan on providing appropriate chew toys or food occupation devices for pets during holiday activities. "The Kong Company produces a goodie dispenser that keeps dogs occupied. They also have some great bird and cat toys that provide similar activity. Most pet stores carry these products. The investment and preparation can insure that you have a happy and healthy holiday."

Even so, it never hurts to keep your emergency vet clinic or veterinary hospital number handy. You never know when you will encounter a disaster due to a delinquent guest or persistent pet.

BUDDHA DOG will be on Petcentric Café with Warren Eckstein
on November 8th!

Please listen to Warren's show, Petcentric Café LIVE every Saturday morning, 10 AM PST (1 PM EST)
on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112, Martha Stewart Living Radio
You can also always listen to the latest show on

NOVEMBER 8TH's show will be about relieving boredom for animals, and I will talk with Warren about how massage can be very helpful for this.
Me (mid-sentence), Shug and Warren Eckstein at the L.A. Pet Memorial Park's 80th Anniversary Celebration

PLEASE VOTE YES ON PROP 2 on November 4th!

Myths vs. Facts

1. MYTH:

Food prices will increase if this initiative passes.


Published research, as well as an analysis by a California-based poultry economist (see page 4), show that it costs producers less than one additional penny per egg not to confine laying hens in battery cages. While it's possible that giving these animals better living conditions may increase consumer prices by a few pennies per dozen, the hidden cost of such inhumane confinement is increased cruelty, and it's the animals who are paying that extra price.

2. MYTH:

Passing this initiative will increase the risk of bird flu.


Aside from the highly questionable nature of the assertion, this claim implies that the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act would mandate outdoor access for birds, which is simply not true. Giving animals enough room to turn around and stretch their limbs doesn’t mean they can’t be housed indoors—they merely must have adequate space to perform the simplest of movements.

3. MYTH:

The measure increases Salmonella risk


All of the recent evidence shows more Salmonella risk in caged flocks compared to cage-free. In fact, factory farming is considered the reason Salmonella emerged as such a major egg pathogen in the first place. According to the CDC, eggs now infect 50,000-110,000 Americans every year. The best available data shows that operations which cram thousands of hens into tiny cages are not surprisingly up to 20 times more likely than cage-free facilities to harbor Salmonella infection. Read our report on the public health benefits of Prop 2 [Executive Summary | Full Report]

4. MYTH:

Prop 2 will just drive egg production out of California, merely moving the problem rather than addressing it.


During a similar ballot initiative in Arizona in 2006, the industry attempted to scare voters with the same assertion. In reality though, the opposite happened. Not only did the major gestation crate user remain in the state, but the landslide vote (62-38) was a catalyst for national reform in the veal and pork industries. Within just three months of the vote, the top two veal producers announced they'd phase out their use of veal crates and the largest pig producers in the US and Canada announced they'd be phasing out gestation crates.

Arizona vote set a path not only for improved animal welfare in the state, but it encouraged reform in the rest of the nation, as well. A similar experience will likely take place in the egg industry when Californians pass Prop 2 – and industry leaders seem to agree. Further, an increasing number of major retailers are demanding that their suppliers move away from extreme confinement practices. Prop 2 will accelerate this trend, meaning that there will be even less incentive for production to relocate.

5. MYTH:

Passing Prop 2 will mean Californians will just import eggs from Mexico.


When asked about this allegation, even Dan Sumner, the author of an anti-Prop 2 report, conceded,"I personally think that's unlikely...Mexico doesn't produce much feed corn and that's why Mexico isn't a logical place for production."

6. MYTH:

This is not only a ban on battery cage confinement, but it would also prohibit most cage-free operations, too.


This wild claim has no basis in reality – and shows the level of the desperation that factory farms will to go in this election. Prop 2—as it relates to egg-laying hens—requires that the bird be able to spread her wings without touching other birds or the sides of an enclosure. The opposition would have us believe that this means the birds must be able to simultaneously spread their wings. Even if such a synchronized ballet of wing-spreading were possible, it’s not required by Prop 2. It’s also the case that cage-free laying hens are able to fully spread their wings, especially when they make use of the vertical space that’s available to them.

Common sense is enough to reject this misleading claim; but just to be safe, we asked a UC Davis educated poultry scientist, a leading California criminal attorney, and a former Fresno district attorney for their interpretations. Even the opposition’s own UC Davis study concluded the obvious:“we have interpreted the language of the initiative to mean that at least one hen must be able to flap her wings, and therefore to permit non-cage systems at currently accepted stocking densities.”Don’t believe the scare-tactics. Vote YES on 2.

7. MYTH:

Jobs will be lost if Prop 2 passes.


California farmers who don't confine their animals in tiny cages provide better jobs and a better boost to the economy. For example, cage-free egg producers have been reported to employ more than five times as many people per bird as producers who cram egg-laying hens into tiny wire cages. It's the very confinement systems that Prop 2 would phase out which have allowed factory farms to become automated and have dramatically reduced the need for human labor. In fact, a manager for JS West Co, a major California egg producer, emphasized in a recent forum on Prop 2 that fully converting to cage-free operations would mean they'd have to hire additional employees.

8. MYTH:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has strict standards that cover raising farm animals.


The USDA does not have any regulations whatsoever for the treatment of animals raised for food while they're on the farm. While the European Union is phasing out the three confinement practices prohibited by the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, there are no federal laws in the United States that regulate on-farm treatment of animals raised for food.

9. MYTH:

Animals wouldn’t produce if they weren’t happy. The farmer who mistreats animals goes out of business.


Animal agribusiness representatives often claim that it's in their own interest to treat animals well, and a common defense of factory farming is that "only happy animals produce." While there are some instances where improving animal welfare would also improve the bottom line, unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Says poultry welfare expert Dr. Joy Mench: "It is now generally agreed that good productivity and health are not necessarily indicators of good
welfare...Productivity...is often measured at the level of the unit (e.g. number of eggs or egg mass per hen-housed), and individual animals may be
in a comparatively poor state of welfare even though productivity within the unit may be high."

Farm animal welfare expert Dr. Donald Broom asserts: "[E]fforts to achieve earlier and faster growth, greater production per individual, efficient
feed conversion and partitioning, and increased prolificacy are the causes of some of the worst animal welfare problems."

And, agricultural ethicist Dr. Bernard Rollin states: "[I]n industrial agriculture, this link between productivity and well-being is severed. When
productivity as an economic metric is applied to the whole operation, the welfare of the individual animal is ignored."

10. MYTH:

Cage-free hens necessarily have higher mortality rates than caged hens.


Poultry welfare scientist Dr. Joy Mench, a professor in the Department of Animal Science at UC-Davis, was quoted in the May 11, 2006 San Jose Mercury News as saying, "Mortality and disease rates can be similar under both systems if management is good." Click here for more information on why this opposition claim is false.

11. MYTH:

Prop 2 will give police powers to animal rights activists.


This is a scare tactic, and we've heard it before. All California anti-cruelty laws, including the ones which currently govern factory farms and which they are claiming are sufficient, are enforced by police officers and humane agencies that have local jurisdiction. There is no precedent here and nothing new created by Prop 2.

12. MYTH:

It’s not feasible to give egg-laying hens more space.


This is a similar claim to one that that the pork industry made prior to 2007—that the industry simply couldn’t stop using gestation crates. However, after Arizona voters banned gestation crates, Smithfield Foods—the nation’s largest pig producer—announced it would phase out its use of gestation crates across the nation. One week later. Canada’s largest pig producer announced it would do the same. Farmers are innovative people who can meet challenges presented to them. Already, a large number of them—especially in California—are raising laying hens without confining them in battery cages.

13. MYTH:

An Australian study found that cage-free hens endure as much as stress as caged hens.


No reputable animal scientist believes that corticosterone levels are a sufficient criterion to determine how much an animal is suffering. Click here for more information on why this opposition claim is false.

14. MYTH:

The crates prevent sows from rolling on top of their piglets and injuring them.


The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act only addresses gestation crates, not farrowing crates. Right before giving birth, a sow is moved from the gestation crate into a farrowing crate, a metal stall designed to separate the mother pig from her nursing piglets. The farrowing crate is exempted from this initiative.

15. MYTH:

Small family farms in Florida were destroyed with the same initiative in 2002.


According to the Florida Farm Bureau, the 2002 initiative had nothing to do with any farms closing. In an article published the week after the 2002 election, a Florida Farm Bureau spokesperson denied this claim often touted by the opposition, stating that "[i]t's because of low prices, not the amendment." In fact, the Florida initiative had a six-year phase-out period and won’t even take effect until the end of 2008.

Top Rotten Eggs

Many of the contributors to the No on 2 campaign have sordid records on animal cruelty, labor violations, and environmental pollution.

Cal-Maine Foods ($591,211) - Cited numerous times for spilling chicken manure and parts into rivers and streams, including an Ohio incident that killed 49,000 fish in the Stillwater River.

Moark, LLC ($504,314) - Paid $100,000 to settle criminal animal cruelty charges in Missouri. As well, the factory farm is currently under investigation in a federal criminal probe into egg price-fixing and is the defendant in several class action lawsuits regarding price-fixing.

Foster Poultry Farms ($250,000) - Referred by the Better Business Bureau to the Federal Trade Commission for false advertising related to animal welfare claims.

Gemperle Enterprises ($216,288) - Recent investigations found evidence of abuse and mistreatment of hens at one of Gemperle's California factory farms.

United Egg Producers ($185,000) - Paid $100,000 to settle false advertising claims with 17 attorneys general, including California's. As well, the trade association is currently a defendant in two separate false advertising lawsuits (see here and here). Finally, the UEP is also a defendant in a class action lawsuit regarding egg price-fixing.

Quality Eggs of New England ($100,000) - Quality Egg owner Jack DeCoster was fined 3.6 million for federal health and safety violations as one of his egg factory farms near Turner, Maine.

Hillandale Farm ($96,000) - Hillandale Farms was fined $128,000 for violating national safety regulations after a worker died when he fell into the company’s corn silo in Florida.

National Food Corporation ($94,450) National Food was fined $54,000 for releasing excess pollution from its egg processing plant in Washington State.

Weaver Brothers ($87,500) - Exposed by an undercover investigation in 2002 finding routine animal cruelty.

Armstrong Farms ($64,221) - Sued by Dept of Labor for paying several dozen employees less than minimum wage for up to two years. The factory farm has also been cited repeatedly for illegal discharges of manure-tainted water.

Dixie Egg Company ($64,000)-Dixie Egg Company paid $1.5 million in a wrongful death settlement after one of its truck drivers struck and killed a 25-year-old student.

Norco Ranch($53,587)-Norco Ranch was sued by an Illinois food supplier for supplying Salmonella-contaminated eggs that sickened 17 people. As well, the company had to kill a quarter million of its chickens after they became infected with Exotic Newcastle Disease.

Ritewood, Inc.($29,600)-Ritewood was fined $105,000 after it spilled two million gallons of chicken waste into rivers.

Pilgrim's Pride ($25,000) - Exposed by whistle-blowing employee in 2004 who secretly videotaped other employees stomping on chickens, throwing them against walls, and otherwise torturing them. The company is also a defendant in a class action lawsuit regarding egg price-fixing.

Golden Oval Eggs ($15,000) - Ordered by state of Iowa in 2008 to pay $200,000 in fines for environmental pollution coming from its egg factory. Golden Oval is also under investigation in a federal criminal probe into egg price-fixing.

Olivera Egg Ranch ($12,000) - Accused of exposing residential neighbors in Lathrop, California to toxic pollution.

Dolco Packaging ($5,000)-Dolco Packaging paid a $110,000 fine to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency relating to claims it violated Ohio’s air pollution laws.

Degussa Corporation ($2,500)-Degussa, a chemical company, is the subsidiary of a company that was prohibited from working on a Holocaust memorial project because the company supplied Zyklon B to Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

Naturally Recycled Proteins ($2,500)-Naturally Recycled Proteins was fined $4,000 in Nebraska to settle allegations that it violated air quality regulations.



Summer Events Recap

This summer was crazy with fun events for the animals!
I will try to recap some, but will have more pictures soon on my blog.

Whole Foods in Porter Ranch hosted the "Dog Days of Summer" where we raised money giving dog massages, Pam from Paw Prince Studios did portraits, and a raffle was held for the Pet Orphans of Southern CaliforniaSome lucky dogs found homes, which is the best part!! 

Here's a real cutie named Steve that helped raise money for Pet Orphans of S. CA. photo by Katie Ryan

The view from my booth at Hilton Hotel's Project Beach House
It was a wonderful afternoon on the ocean in Malibu when I gave dog massages to promote Hilton Hotels new pet-friendly policy in all their hotels.  The event was sponsored by Boost Mobile, and a good time was had by all (especially the dogs- they love the beach!  Who doesn't?).

Shug and the Buddha Dog booth at Pawsapalooza for PAWS/LA.
Shug and I had a great time meeting lots of nice people and their dogs at Pawsapalooza that benefitted PAWS/LA.  Some really cute and entertaining animal-themed movies were shown that everyone enjoyed and lots of money was raised for a good cause.  We had a booth in the midway area where there were lots of great vendors showcasing their products and services for animals.
Buddha Dog booth at Toluca Lake Farmers Market Pet Day
Maria from the Toluca Lake Farmers Market wanted to have a special day for animals where people could come find their soulmate in one of the homeless animals from the East Valley Shelter.  I am happy to say all the dogs from the day ended up getting adopted, either there or soon after.  Hopefully some of the beautiful kitties there also got adopted eventually, but unfortunately none did that day, I'm sad to say.  But if even one life was saved, it would have been more than worth it!  Maria would like to have more of these special days at the Farmers Market, so that is awesome for the animals!
Buddha Dog at Cha Ching for Cha Cha at Safari Sams
One of the most unique and fun events we were a part of was Cha Ching for Cha Cha at Safari Sams.  The newly formed charity, Paws for a Cause L.A., held the event to raise money for Actors and Others for Animals.  We were a vendor among the very unique vendors that night.  All the entertainers were awesome!  The Flarowitz Sisters hosted and kept everyone cracked up.  It was my lucky night when I won an extraordinary painting by the talented Lillian Lassen.
All the entertainers from Cha Ching for Cha Cha take a bow
Me and my new friend Jamie, who won a gift certificate at my animal massage class held at WagVille
The animal massage class held at WagVille was so much fun!  I met a MySpace friend for the first time named Jamie, and her name was drawn for a gift certificate.  We had a full room that included a dog massager from Paris, and some human massage therapists also.  Denise Fleck was there from Sunny-Dog Ink and she shared information about her wonderful First Aid/CPR classes, which teaches you life-saving skills that you'll never want to wish you had!  Her Pet First Aid Kit is the most complete I have ever seen by far!  Please see her latest class schedule below, and please keep checking her website for new classes being added all the time!
Me and the lovely Denise Fleck of Sunny-Dog Ink
L.A. Pet Memorial Park's 80th Anniversary Celebration was a great opportunity for lots of people to see this beautiful and heart-warming place
Shug and I had such a wonderful time at our booth at S.O.P.H.I.E., Inc. ("Save Our Pets' History in Eternity")'s Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park 80th Anniversary Celebration.  Warren Eckstein broadcasted "The Pet Show" radio show from the park, there was a blessing of the animals, animal adoptions, a pet psychic and other great vendors, and lots of great raffle prizes.  I was so touched by the memorials left by people to honor their beloved furry family members.
Shug at the Buddha Dog booth at the beautiful L.A. Memorial Park's 80th Anniversary Celebration
Me and Shug having fun at our booth at Bow Wow Meow in Brentwood
photo by Little Friends Pet Photography
Four Legged Friends Foundation (FLuFF) puts on the Bow Wow Meow in Brentwood in April and September every year.  Shug and I had such a blast with a front row seat at our booth for the dog agility and "Dancing with the Dogs".  It was great to see lots of old friends there having a good time with their dogs.  An estimated 26 dogs and cats found their forever home there, which is AWESOME!! 
My beautiful Shug, who had the time of her life at Bow Wow Meow
photo by Little Friends Pet Photography
Melissa, a volunteer for Pet Orphans of S. CA, was the big winner of a gift certificate at the Studio City Library animal massage class
Julie from the Studio City Library made it possible for me to come there with my partner Shug and teach an animal massage class.  I met some of the best people in the world there, and feel honored to know them.  It was a great experience for me!
Shug and the Buddha Dog booth at Bark for the Cure in Griffith Park
Freshpet is helping to find a cure for canine cancer by holding Bark for the Cure 5K runs in different cities, starting in Los Angeles in Griffith Park.  We were proud to be a part of such a wonderful event!  There was agility, flyball and frisbee tricks.  The race was really exciting and very inspiring.  I was lucky enough to win Tamar Gellar's wonderful book The Loved Dog in the raffle!  What an amazing angel Tamar is!
Me, Shug and Tamar Gellar
It was such a fun summer!  The people I meet at these events really give me hope in this world!  Animal people are the BEST!  BLESS YOU ALL!

Operation Blankets of Love to the Rescue!

Eileen, Anna & Shawn unloading hundreds of blankets and towels for the animals at the North Central Shelter

Last week, the North Central Shelter (at 3201 Lacy St. in L.A.) had a major emergency when their washer, dryer, and rabbit refrigerator broke.  Luckily some people thought to call the incredible Eileen Smulson, founder of "Operation Blankets of Love".  Please see the email below sent by my friend Shawn Colon, Supervisor of the shelter, praising Eileen for saving them during this crisis.  As far as I know, the shelter is still in need of these appliances if anyone happens to know someone that has a washer, dryer, or refrigerator that still works but they don't use anymore.

Good Morning Everyone:)

First of all I would like to thank everyone for your time and support. We had a panic moment, but it seems as though "things always look brighter in the morning" An extremely sweet woman by the name Eileen Smulson of Operation Blankets of Love (was contacted by caring people) called me and emailed that she will be bringing us 300 blankets and towels to sustain us in this situation. She "came to our rescue". Other great volunteers have also shown us great support with donations of some towels as well. We are trying to work on the fridge and washer and dryer. This morning our fridge decided to work but last night it was mildly cool. We are calling different numbers that some people emailed us on Craig list and trying different resources. Many offered donations we do not have paypal but can be sent to 3201 Lacy St. Los Angeles  90031 DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SERVICES memo NORTH CENTRAL ATTENTION: Captain Figueroa. A million thanks for your support Staff and Pets at North Central.


Contact ACT Supervisor Shawn Colon (213) 485-5767

Here is a picture taken just before these dogs received blankets from Eileen.  You can see how frightened and scared these dogs are as they sit cowered in the corner. The black and white one was shivering in fear.

This picture shows after Eileen has given them blankets. They immediately became relaxed, felt happier and safer. Now their chances of being adopted has increased because they are looking out at people.  The black and white dog that was trembling before the blanket actually took a treat from Eileen, showing her new trust.

Please help Eileen and the animals by donating any blankets or towels at these locations:

San Fernando Valley

Pet Zone
10142 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills

North Valley Veterinary Clinic & Animal Dermatology Clinic
11152 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills

The Pet People
18040 Chatsworth St.
Granada Hills

Red Barn Feed and Saddlery
18601 Oxnard St.

Red Barn, Too
8393 Topanga Canyon
West Hills

Jan's Pet Grooming and Pet Zone (#2)
17629 Chatsworth St.
Granada Hills

The Puppy Palace
11156 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills

New Age Pet Supply
19315 Saticoy St.

Tams Pet Foods & Supplies
17635 Vanowen St
Van Nuys

Prestige Pet Supply
18425 Nordhoff St.
818 772-6611

Pets Naturally
13459 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks

Camp Happy Dog
13618 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks

Westside- Los Angeles

Hour Glass
12437 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles
(310) 442-4617

Hour Glass
10665 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles
(310) 441-4617

Ventura County

Big Als Pet Food Warehouse
999 E Los Angeles Ave Simi Valley, CA

Theresa's Country Feed & Pet Store
1836 Erringer Rd
Simi Valley

Healthy Pet (2 locations)
5881 Kanan Rd.
Agoura Hills
(818) 706-0360

Healthy Pet
1775 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks
(805) 494-3524

For Pet's Sake
3208 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Westlake Village, CA 91362
(805) 496-3430

Pets Stop
30815 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
West Lake Village, CA

For more information call:




Please read about Paws for Purple Hearts here.

Please designate donation (every little bit helps!) "In Memory of Darren Russell".  They are close to being able to sponsor their first service dog in honor of Darren's memory and any help is appreciated!

Daniel Pearl, a journalist, dedicated his life to bringing joy and understanding to the world. He was murdered in Pakistan. Darren Russell, employed as an English teacher in China, left no one untouched by his kindness. He was murdered in Guangzhou, China. The original song, “Dancing in the Rain” is based on the Pearl and Russell Family’s goal to diminish violence and reach out for peace. The original song, “Dancing in the Rain” is based on the Pearl and Russell Family’s goal of diminishing the hatred that took their sons’ lives. The Daniel Pearl Foundation promotes cross cultural understanding through journalism, music, and Maxine Russell honors Darren’s memory by sponsoring a troop in Iraq/Kuwait, helping other homicide survivors with free resources and grief education support, training therapy dogs for patients in hospitals, paying tuition for poor students in China to attend school, and donating to “Paws for Purple Hearts” a program which has veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) train service dogs for vets with physical disabilities. Sales from the CD will go to “Paws for Purple Hearts.” 

K9 Compassion

Debbie and Danny Trejo are wonderful champions for animals, as shown in this ad for Linda Blair's Worldheart Foundation in Paw Print Magazine.  Photography by Christopher Ameruoso.

Debbie Trejo created the foundation “K9 Compassion,” and ultimately she wants to start a “rescue friendly” assisted living home for the elderly (someday a whole community).

The goals of K9 Compassion include:

1. To raise public awareness & end the gross exploitation and fighting of pitbulls & other “black listed” dog types.

2. To educate the public, in order that they may have a better understanding of the extreme urgency in the need to pass a mandatory spay and neuter law in ALL our cities and counties across California, and end backyard breeding.

3. To get the money necessary (and new ideas) to SUCCESSFULLY ENFORCE the laws regarding this.

4. To create a “MOVEMENT” through our “role models” in our communities & worldwide, in a joint effort to introduce “K9 COMPASSION” and our love.

K9 Compassion wants everyone to realize the value of our dogs. As Debbie says, "We have become de-sensitized to their feelings of suffering and their pain, as much as underprivileged, ignored and abused kids and elderly. These people may be going through the same torture as many of these dogs. WE ARE THEIR VOICE…..THEY HAVE NO CHOICE…..Perhaps, we can heal together…… Please turn your compassion into a passion and join the K9 Compassion foundation in making a difference."

photo from http://thecreativedepartment.org

Top Green Pet Tips 
by Jasmin Malik Chua for Planet Green

  1. Adopt from a shelter
    Pet breeders have only one goal in mind- to raise large quantities of purebred animals for profit. They've also been pilloried for misdeeds such as overbreeding, inbreeding, poor veterinary oversight, lousy food and living conditions, overcrowding, and culling of unwanted animals. Why buy when you can adopt one of the 70,000 puppies and kittens born every day in the United States? Love knows no pedigree. Check out Petfinder.com to find your perfect match.
  2. Spay or neuter your pet
    Did we mention 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the United States? That's 15 puppies and 45 kittens for every hairless biped that slides out of a birth canal. And "multiplying like bunnies" isn't just any old trope. We don't need any more homeless animals than we already have. As a bonus, spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives by eliminating the possibility of uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancer, and decreasing the incidence of prostate disease.
  3. Rein in your pets; protect native wildlife
    Always keep your dog on a leash when outside, and confine your mangy feline indoors. Topped only by habitat destruction, cats are the biggest, baddest bird killers of all time. Even wind turbines have got nothing on them. While you may poo-poo high cat-related bird-mortality rates as collateral damage in the great Circle of Life, domestic cats do have an unfair advantage. Unlike wild predators, house cats are always well fed, well rested, and in tip-top fighting shape. They're also present in more concentrated (and rapidly increasing) numbers than say, the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike.

[note from Pam:  As a feral cat advocate, I must say that as the article states, habitat destruction by humans is by far the biggest threat to birds.  Cats certainly aren't causing any bird species to go extinct, but humans are responsible for the extinction of 10% of the world's bird species.  Source:  http://www.alleycat.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=325]

That aside, two out of every three vets, according to the Humane Society of America, recommend keeping cats indoors, because of the dangers of cars, predators, disease, and other hazards. The estimated average life span of a free-roaming cat is less than three years; an indoors-only cat gets to live an average of 15 to 18 years. If kitty needs to heed the call of the wild, an outdoor cat enclosure is a good compromise.

  1. Swap out the junk food
    Most conventional pet-food brands you find at the supermarket consist of reconstituted animal by-products, otherwise known as low-grade wastes from the beef and poultry industries- you know, inedibles you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot fork. In fact, the animals used to make many pet foods are classified as "4-D," which is really a polite way of saying "Dead, Dying, Diseased, or Down (Disabled)" when they line up at the slaughterhouse. Unless that can of Chicken 'N Liver Delite explicitly states that it contains FDA-certified, food-grade meat, you should know that its contents are considered unfit for human consumption- but apparently good enough for your cat or pooch.

    Now, since nutrition is one of the key determinants of health and resistance to disease, ideally you'll want your pet's chow to be comparable in quality with what we would eat.

    Natural and organic pet foods use meats that are raised in sustainable, humane ways without added drugs or hormones, minimally processed, and preserved with natural substances, such as vitamins C and E. Certified-organic pet foods must meet strict USDA standards that spell out how ingredients are produced and processed, which means no pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, artificial preservatives, artificial ingredients or genetically engineered ingredients.
  2. Clean up their poop
    Scoop up your doggie doo in biodegradable poop bags so your buddy's No. 2 isn't immortalized in a plastic bag, while deep-sixed in a landfill somewhere for hundreds of years. Cat owners should avoid clumping clay litter at all costs. Not only is clay strip-mined (bad for the planet), but the clay sediment is also permeated with carcinogenic silica dust that can coat little kitty lungs (bad for the cat). Plus, the sodium bentonite that acts as the clumping agent can poison your cat through chronic ingestion through their fastidious need to groom. Because sodium bentonite acts like expanding cement- it's also used as a grouting, sealing, and plugging material- it can swell up to15 to18 times their dry size and clog up your cat's insides. Eco-friendly cat litters avoid these problems; a happy cat is a cat that doesn't claw your face off.
  3. Give them sustainable goods
    Your furry friends can get in on some saving-the-planet goodness, too- and have plenty of fun- with toys made from recycled materials or sustainable fibers (sans herbicides or pesticides) such as hemp. A hemp collar (with matching leash) is a rocking accessory for a tree-hugging mutt. These days, you can even get pet beds made with organic cotton or even recycled PET bottles.
  4. Use natural pet-care and cleaning products
    You don't use toxic-chemical-laced shampoos and beauty products, so lather up your cats and dogs (or ferrets, rabbits, or hamsters- we don't judge) with natural pet-care products, as well. And if your cat horks up a hairball, or Fifi doesn't make it all the way to the bathroom, clean up the mess with cleaning products that are as gentle on the planet as they are on your critters' delicate senses.
  5. Pets, not fads
    Sure, everyone's ovaries ping when they see a five-year-old moppet cradle a tiny chick or a bunny during Easter, but nature dictates that baby bunnies grow up into rabbits, and little chicks into full-size chickens. Unless everyone involved understands that a pet is a long-term commitment that involves demands on both their time and money, you're better off giving the kid a stuffed animal. Impulse buying (say, rushing out an grabbing the next available Dalmatian puppy after watching 101 Dalmatians) isn't a good idea, either, as the large numbers of fad dogs that pass through shelters (often to their death) can attest. Repeat after us- especially you, Paris Hilton: Pets are not fads or fashion accessories.
  6. Melt the ice, nicely
    Use a child- and pet-safe deicer such as Safe Paw's environmentally friendly Ice Melter. Rock salt and salt-based ice-melting products, which kids and animals might accidentally ingest, can cause health problems, while contaminating wells and drinking supplies.
  7. Tag your pet
    It might be a stretch to call inserting an electronic ID chip into your pet an eco-friendly move, but losing your buddy causes extreme emotional distress that turns you into nobody's friend. Then there's the paper waste from printing out Missing posters, the fuel cost of driving around your neighborhood trying to find them, the phone bill as you bawl your eyes out to everyone you know... well, you get the idea. Ask your vet for more info. For hanging tags, check out these recyclable (and recycled) aluminum ID tags and these WaggTaggs made from recycled silver.
  8. Compost their poop
    American dogs and cats create 10 million tons of waste a year, and no one knows where it's going, according to Will Brinton, a scientist in Mount Vernon, Maine, and one of the world's leading authorities on waste reduction and composting.

    Most of our pets' poop either winds up in a landfill purgatory, where it's embalmed practically forever in plastic bags, or sits on the ground until the next rainstorm washes it into the sewer where it can drift on down to rivers and beaches. You can compost the poop- just don't use it with your vegetable garden, because the compost doesn't heat up enough to kill pathogens such as E. coli., which could contaminate your homegrown produce and land up in your (very unhappy) belly.

    If you have room in your backyard, you can bury an old garbage bin (note: far away from your vegetable garden) to use as a pet-waste composter. Or check out the Doggie Dooley. The makers of the Doggy Dooley also sell an enzymatic "Super Digester Concentrate" for your backyard pet septic system.

  9. Be a pet chef
    If you want to know exactly what is going into your furball's food dish, or your pet suffers from allergies, you can always make your own puppy (or kitty) chow. If the idea of becoming a full-time pet chef is just crazy talk, making the occasional meal or treat is completely doable. Those broccoli stalks left over from your last stirfry also make some tasty morsels for your pup.
  10. Get crafty
    Your cat will love you forever if you grow your own organic catnip or cat grass. Scrap yarn and fabric you might otherwise toss can also easily be transformed into pet toys with some basic crafty know-how. And they wouldn't have had to be trucked thousands of miles just to get drooled on.
  11. Get ticks off
    While you don't want to douse your pet in toxins, it is also important to keep the bugs in check. Pets can carry ticks, and ticks can carry Lyme Disease, a serious and poorly understood disease that attacks the nervous system. If you live in an area where Lyme Disease is a risk, be very cautious and seek sound advice on keeping ticks off you and your furry friends.
  12. Offset your pet
    Maybe Scruffy will only drink water from an electric-powered water fountain, or perhaps you have a self-cleaning litter box from before you went green- we all have corpses buried in our backyards. Why not purchase green tags, otherwise known as renewable energy credits, to offset your pets' carbon emissions. Heck, buy 'em for the whole family so no one feels left out. Or better yet, check if your state sells green power so you and your furry compatriots can go carbon neutral.

Pet First-Aid Kits & Classes

Preparing For & Handling the Unexpected: 

4+ Hour Class
$55 includes handbook, certificate and wallet card

(price may vary at some locations)

Skills covered include:
Temporary Muzzling and Safe Approach
Checking Vitals:  How to find your pet's Pulse, Respiration, Temperature, Capillary Refill Time and Hydration
How to Perform a Head-to-Tail Check-up
Rescue Breathing & CPR
Bandaging & Splinting
What to do for: 
Bloat, Burns, Choking, Constipation, Diarrhea, Drowning,
Electric Shock, Frostbite, Heat Stroke, Insect Stings,
Poisoning, Seizures, Shock and Snake Bites
How to use the items in your Pet First-Aid Kit
Primer on Pet Disaster Preparedness

Classes taught by lecture, demonstration and hands-on skills practice using stuffed animals as well as canine and feline CPR mannekins.  Although we love 'em, please leave your loving pets at home while you learn.


Classes are added regularly, so keep checking back at http://sunnydogink.com, and if you are a location in search of a class, e-mail denise@sunnydogink.com to set one up!

Saturday, November 8th
9:00am - 1:30pm
Townhome Clubhouse behind
18561 Vallarta Drive
Huntington Beach, CA  92646

call or e-mail
(818) 951-7962
Portion of proceeds benefits the Surf City Animal Response Team

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Tuesday, November 11th
10:00am - 2:30pm
Wag My Tail Grooming School
7209 Foothill Blvd.
Tujunga, CA  91042

call (818) 951-7962 or e-mail denise @sunnydogink.com

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Sunday, November 16th
10:00am - 3:00pm
Benefit for the Redondo Beach Dog Park
Class held at:
320 Knob Hill - Rm #8
Redondo Beach, CA
To Register for this class, mail your check for $55 to:  Friends of the RB
Dog Park
c/o Betzi Stratton
2412 Rockefeller Lane #5
Redondo Beach 90278

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Tuesday, December 2nd
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Sirius K9 Training Academy
3740 Prospect Avenue
Yorba Linda, CA  92886
To Register, Call
(714) 296-9714 or visit
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Tuesday, December
10:00am - 2:30pm
Wag My Tail Grooming School
7209 Foothill Blvd.
Tujunga, CA  91042

call (818) 951-7962 or e-mail denise @sunnydogink.com


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Saturday, December 13th
10:00am - 2:15pm
Los Angeles Harbor College
1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA  90744
To register, visit
www.lahc.edu or call (310) 233-4452

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Tuesday, December 30th
10:00am - 2:30pm

Wag My Tail Grooming School
7209 Foothill Blvd.
Tujunga, CA  91042
call (818) 951-7962 or e-mail denise @sunnydogink.com


"Being Prepared is the Key to helping your
pets live longer, happier, healthier lives!" 

- Rico Fleck, Black Labrador Retriever 


40 Different Items -- More than 60 Items Total!

Three zippered compartments keep contents
accessible & organized.

Handles make carrying or attaching to your belt a breeze.

Red 7"w  X  7"h  X  5"d bag weighs only 3 lbs.  

$69.99 plus tax & shipping

 OR...Mail your check for $89.00
 (including tax & shipping) to:

2416 West Victory Blvd. #213
Burbank, CA  91506

Quick Tips, Vital Statistics & Instruction Booklet w/Photos
One-Size-Fits-All Temporary Muzzle w/Photo Instructions
Cold Pack
Digital Thermometer
K-9 Quencher Electrolyte Replenisher
Ticked-Off Tick Remover
CPR Sheild
1" White Adhesive Roll
2" x 3" Non-Stick Pads for burns
3" x 4" Non-Stick Pad for burns
4" x 4" Gauze Squares (10)
Triangular Bandage for slings/splints
3" White Conform Gauze Rolls (2)
3"Flex-Wrap Self-Adhering Elastic Bandage
Triple Antibiotic Ointment packets (2)
3% Hydrogen Peroxide (4 fl oz)
Saline Solution Eye Wash (4 fl oz)
Iodine Swabsticks(2)
Tri-Buffered Aspirin Tablets(4)
Diphen Tablets/Antihistamine (4)
Diotame Tablets/Antacid (4)
Antibacterial Soap
Latex-Free Gloves
12 cc curved tip Syringe
Kwik Stop
® Styptic Powder with Cotton swabs
Folding Scissors
Emergency Whistle
Portable Food and Water Bowl
Re-sealable bag for Emergency Meals
Flat Leash with"D" Ring
Doggie Walk Bag
Emergency Blanket
Emergency ID Tag

Massage Sessions are always available at your location in Los Angeles or at Wagville,

located at 2400 North San Fernando Road in Los Angeles.

THREE DOG BAKERY in Sherman Oaks

As many of you know, Buddha Dog is now providing Three Dog Bakery treats at every appointment! 
The response to these yummy treats has been overwhelming!

Three Dog Bakery
14545 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA  91403

Join the GOOD DOG CLUB! 
Get a stamp for every $5 you spend.  Fill up a card of 10 stamps, and get $5 of fresh-baked goodies FREE!

Come to "Yappy Hour" every Tuesday from 5 PM-7 PM when all case treats are 10% off!

Your dog party headquarters!

 My Bronco & Shirley enjoying Shirley's Birthday Cake
from Three Dog Bakery, Sherman Oaks

With Best Friends Delivery, you can shop their vast selection of all the finest pet supplies and foods from the comfort of your own home. There is no need to make a special trip to the pet store. Just order online and all your pets needs will be delivered promptly to your doorstep. And Best of all, delivery is FREE when you spend $30 or more.  They have more than just food. Be sure to check out their wide selection of treats, supplements, grooming aids, healthcare products, litter and accessories.
Save time! Save Gas! Save the heavy lifting for them!

Southern California's Leading Pet Photography Studio. They specialize in calendar and magazine photography for dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, and other pets. The studio is now open to the public for personal pet photos, alone or with their guardian. Their pet photography studio also features upscale boutique dog and cat items, and includes a new "safe" line of pet products, including nontoxic garden products, hemp collars and leashes and unique auto safety belt systems for dogs and cats. All pet items are lead free and edibles are FDA-grade for humans! The PAWPRINCE Boutique has biodegradable pet disposal containers and pet shampoo with the ONLY biodegradable container available in the market place today.


22743 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills 91364
818-225-WOOF (9663)

Check Out the New Pet Marketplace Links Page!

The Pet Marketplace Links page has great products and services for animals!



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