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Noodle and Friends

Today’s website is Noodle and Friends, an online retailer specializing in products designed specially for miniature dachshunds.





Photos above:  Examples of some of the products from Noodle and Friends that are designed and sized for miniature dachshunds.

To go to Noodle and Friends, click here.  You can also become a fan of Noodle and Friends on Facebook.

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Today’s Quote

“I believe life is magical.  It is so precious.  
And there are so many kinds of life in this life. 
So many kinds of things to love. 
The love for a husband or a wife. 
A boyfriend or girlfriend. 
The love for children. 
The love for yourself.  And even material things. 
This is my love.  It is mine. 
And it fills me and it defines me. 
And it compels me on.”

   — Peggy, played by Molly Shannon, referring to her love of animals, in the film “Year of the Dog,” 2007, Written and Directed by Mike White


Watch the trailer of the film “Year of the Dog,” starring Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Laura Dern and Peter Sarsgaard, below.

To order a copy of “Year of the Dog” on DVD from, click here.  To learn more about “Year of the Dog” from the Internet Movie Data Base (IMBD), click here.

 To go to previous entries in the “Today’s Quote” series, click here.

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Pet Airways Coming


Earler this week, the blog TechCrunch featured a post on a new all-pet start-up airline, called Pet Airways, which is scheduled to begin limited service next month.  Unlike other pet-friendly carriers, Pet Airways is a pet-only airline– no people allowed.  Instead of flying in the cargo compartment, pets will travel in the main cabin of the aricraft, with a pet attendant.  Pet owners will drop-off their pet at the departure airport and greet them on arrival at the destination airport.  Using a fleet of 20 planes– ranging from twin props to B-727’s– Pet Airways plans to inaugurate service between Los Angeles and Baltimore and New York, with stops in Denver and Chicago. 

Although Pet Airways is not yet accepting reservations, you can get more information by visiting their official site by clicking here.

Good luck to Pet Airways and happy landings to their four-legged passengers!  (Peggy and Lucy definitely want to get on board, too!)



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Singin’ in the Rain

As storms continue to batter Northern California this week, it’s welcome news for a state that has been hit hard by a long drought and falling water levels in reservoirs.  However, for Peggy (right) and Lucy, shown below, the rain and wet ground is no cause for singing.   For Peggy in particular, wet grass and rain is the equivalent of Kryptonite– there’s just no need to go near it! 


Above:  Lucy (left) and Peggy, shown in their favorite red raincoats,  have returned from a walk in the neighborhood and just before the next downpour.  Below:   The outlook for the next few days is more rain and wind. 


To go to previous entries in the “Peggy and Lucy” category, click here.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Wald, Pawsitive Pet Sitting

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Today’s Video

I discovered this video nearly a year on YouTube and thought it was delightful and charming.  In the time that has passed, it has been viewed nearly 2.5 million times.  So I guess other folks have found it amusing, too.  It’s called, Jerry Dog, and features a cute miniature dachshund playing with tennis balls.  I hope it brings you a smile.

Source: You Tube

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At Morro Rock

One of the highlights of the recent trip to Cambria and the San Luis Obispo coastline was a morning stop at the Morro Rock State Historic Preserve.  Morro Rock is one of “The Nine Sisters of San Luis Obispo County,” also known as the Morros–a unique set of land formations between the city of Morro Bay and the City of San Luis Obispo.  

The Nine Sisters are a series of ancient volcanic peaks which form a backdrop for the Cities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay on the Central Coast of California.  Forming a divider between the Los Osos Valley and Chorro Valley, these peaks extend from Islay Hill within the City of San Luis Obispo to Morro Rock, often called the sentinel of the Pacific Ocean, covering approximately 40 square miles. The peaks are aptly named the Nine Sisters because they are all in a row, and in close proximity.

Tucked away on the side of Morro Rock is a small, man-made white-sand beach that is sheltered from the Bay by large boulders and rocks.  The small beach is an excellent spot for wading or relaxing and to view Morro Rock up-close.  On the day of Peggy and Lucy’s visit, the beach was largely deserted, which allowed them to experience the beach off-leash and without disturbance.  The high winds occasionally whipped up clouds of sand, but it did not deter Peggy or Lucy from enjoying the beauty and solitude of the beach. 

Above:  The plaque identifying Morro Rock as a California Registered Historic Landmark.  Below:  The imposing profile of Morro Rock provides a dramatic and stunning landmark for Morro Bay. 

Above:  Lucy (left) and Peggy wander along the quiet, small sandy beach at the base of Morro Rock. 

Above:  The high winds lift Peggy’s ears as she gazes across the beach at Morro Rock.  She’s likely wondering if she will be able to take flight like Dumbo (pictured below) and get an even more spectacular aerial view of beautiful Morro Rock. 

To view a previous post where Lucy tries to take flight in Mendocino, click here.

To learn more about the Morro Rock State Preserve, visit the official California State Parks website by clicking here.  To visit the official website of the City of Morro Bay, click here.


Photos taken: 1/30/09

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India’s Street Dogs


In each of the cities/towns I’ve visited in India so far, I observed a large number of dogs roaming everywhere— crossing and wandering along busy, congested streets and intersections, sleeping on the shoulder of the road (just a few feet from passing traffic), and digging through piles of trash in search of food.  Most of the dogs seemed rather thin, but reasonably well-nourished. 


Throughout this time, I never saw an overweight dog and I never saw a dog on a leash, with a collar, or accompanied by a person.  I also never witnessed a dog being struck by a vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, tuk-tuk, or rickshaw) even when crossing a busy four-lane street.  Miraculous, I think.


After inquiring with several people in different places, I was told that the dogs typically do not have an owner, and simply scratch out their existence on the street, looking for handouts of scraps or foraging through discarded food.  I found this heartbreaking. 


I’m guessing that the street dogs I saw do not enjoy particularly long lives.



Photo Above:  Two street dogs resting on a mound of sand alongside a road in Bharatpur, Rajasthan.  Below: A street dog (with a nearby goat) outside the entrance to the Alisar Mahal Hotel in Alsisar, Rajasthan.



To read the full series of posts on my Adventure in India, visit the Travel category by clicking here.


Photos taken: 11/10/08 to 11/12/08

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A Tribute

As a tribute to Jasmine, the 18-year old cat and beloved companion of our dear friend, Jennifer, here’s a quote attributed to Ariwara no Narihara, 8th Century, Japan.

“I have always known that at last I would take this road; but yesterday, I did not know that it would be today.”

Rest well, Jasmine.

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ASPCA Safety Pack for Pet Owners

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is offering a FREE Pet Safety Pack for pet owners that includes a window decal to alert safety and rescue workers that there is a pet/pets in your home. The pack also includes an ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center magnet—a great way to keep the APCC’s toll-free emergency number handy at all times!

To order your FREE Pet Safety Pack just go to the ASPCA website and enter your mailing address.  You’ll receive your safety pack by mail in 6-8 weeks.

If you’d like to make a donation to the ASPCA, click here.

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Animals on Broadway

The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), founded by baseball manager Tony La Russa and his wife, Elaine, in 1991, sponsored the 8th Annual Animals on Broadway event in downtown Walnut Creek on 5/18/08.  The day-long festival included contests, dog washes, entertainment, and dozens of booths from retailers and other firms serving the pet industry.  Although it was a hot day (around 90-degrees), there was a large, enthusiastic crowd– and lots and lots of dogs.  Plus, there were plenty of complimentary doggie treats and samples of different dog foods from the booths.  Who could ask for anything more?

Lucy and Peggy are busy trying to decide which booths to visit at the Animals on Broadway celebration.

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