Two of Portland’s Fido-Friendly Finest
You and Fido will dig these two very distinctly different, and elegant hotels of the Pacific Northwest.
By Nicholas Sveslosky, Editor at Large
Hotel Dossier is a sophisticated and elegant hotel. In the heart of downtown Portland, Hotel Dossier boasts views of downtown and the surrounding Portland hills. You and Fido will think you’ve struck gold in this classic down-to-earth Pacific Northwest city.
The rooms are comfortable, and the bathrooms with huge walk-in showers and oversized bathtubs gives a private spa feel. Fido is a VIP at Hotel Dossier, and he is welcomed with food bowls, tasty snacks, toys from the local pet store, and a recent copy of FIDO Friendly magazine. Fido is also given a welcome letter with the lay of the land dog rules and local contact information for vets, doggie daycare, shopping and more!
If grand lobby entrances and classic elegant décor is your thing, then Hotel deLuxe fits the bill. Entering Hotel deLuxe, you will feel like you have stepped out of the rainy streets of Portland and into a silver screen throwback era. From large lobby and bedroom ceilings, to an intimate and mysterious bar, to one of the top restaurants in Portland, Hotel deLuxe is Fido’s and my new favorite.
Hotel deLuxe is a short distance away from its sister property, Hotel Dossier. Though these two hotels are under the same umbrella company of Provenance Hotels, their unique styles give you a completely separate experience. One thing is the same, however, and that is how well Fido is treated at both hotels. Hotel deLuxe has the same pet welcoming package as Hotel Dossier.
One thing that is unique to Hotel deLuxe, however, is Pet Tea time.
Florida’s Forgotten Coast
Discover Franklin County where Best friends are always welcome!
Fido-friendly vacations are easy here with plenty of lodging options that will allow you to bring your best friend along. There are lots of pet-friendly attractions and activities that make bringing your best friend that much more fun.
The beaches of St. George Island and Alligator Point offer quiet shorelines with gentle surf and many pet-friendly accommodations. The area features a variety of restaurants that welcome well-behaved pets.
Activities for pets and their people are mostly nature-based. There are thousands of acres of state and national forest lands to explore in Franklin County that feature primitive camping and hiking opportunities.
Riley Bug Sniffing Dog
Meet Riley, the Bug Sniffing Weimaraner Pup at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts!
This very intelligent Weimaraner will spend his days detecting bugs at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
By Claudia Bensimoun
Meet Riley, the Museum of Fine Art’s scent puppy in training. Riley, a Weimaraner pup is being trained in pest detection that only a dog can provide. Discussions began in the fall of 2017 between Conservation and Protective Services when discussing how to best care for the collection.
“Having an extra layer of pest detection that only a dog can provide could be invaluable to the Protective Services and Conservation teams as they work to protect the collection through a range of practices, policies and protocols,” says Karen Frascona, Director of Public Relations, MFA, Boston.
“Weimaraners are very intelligent and have an incredible sense of smell. Riley’s duties as a scent dog at the MFA are well suited to his breed!
American Humane Hero Dog of the Year Winner
Abigail triumphed over other dogs to win the coveted award and spurred a movement at the same time.
By Penny Eims
Abigail’s bonnets...what began as an effort to make bandages on a badly injured dog look cuter has morphed into a worldwide outpouring of love, as well a symbol of hope and change. To fully understand the impact and importance of Abigail, and her bonnets, one must first go back to the beginning of her story.
Abigail, a pit bull, was brought into a busy Miami-Dade animal control agency last November. When Abigail arrived, her condition was pitiful–she was dirty, had gaping wounds on her head, and one of her ears had been ripped off.
Victoria Frazier, founder of the Florida-based nonprofit Love is Fur Ever Dog Rescue, discovered Abigail’s photos on Facebook and knew that she had to take action to save the battered dog from an unthinkable fate. Within days, Abigail was out of the animal control agency and safely in the rescue group’s care. After being examined by veterinarian Thomas Jackson, it was surmised that Abigail’s extensive injuries were the likely result of her being used as a bait dog for illegal dog fighting.
The Adventures of Henry and Baloo
These adventurous rescue pets will make you want to head outside and explore!
By Penny Eims
Have you ever dreamed about experiencing the great outdoors with your dog? Of getting out to enjoy more than a normal walk around the neighborhood...of truly immersing yourself in nature and taking in the extraordinary beauty that can only be found outside? John Muir said, “Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” It is true, there are few things in life that are as revitalizing as time spent hiking or camping. Enjoying a wilderness escape in the company of a four-legged friend is truly sweet perfection.
If you haven’t already heard of the wildly popular Henry the Colorado Dog Instagram account, prepare to be inspired, and likely motivated, to up your outdoors game. The social media account is where over 328,000 people go to enjoy amazing images of Cynthia Bennett and her adventuresome companions, Henry and Baloo, as they take in nature’s uncompromising beauty
How ‘Suite’ it is at the Fido-friendly Hilton Branson Convention Center
Tourist town rolls out an Ozark welcome for Fido
Byline: By Anietra Hamper
The Hilton Branson Convention Center and Hotel is centrally located in downtown Branson close to stage shows, shopping, Silver Dollar City amusement park, Branson Landing and excursions in the mountains. The staff at the towering AAA Four Diamond Hilton Branson Hotel is accustomed to catering to out-of-towners for business and pleasure but they are just as welcoming to pet-parents and the dogs that walk through the lobby.
Learn Your Dogs’ Dosha to Help Them Thrive
By Amanda Ree Ringnalda
Harmony and optimum health are only achieved when we live in accordance with nature’s law of balance. We see evidence of this in our own lives when we eat, work or do anything in excess. That imbalance can throw us off in small and large ways. It affects body, mind and spirit and in no time, we start seeing the physical and mental results. Dogs are no different.
Hiking the Swiss Alps with Fido
By Hayley Whitfield
Soaring up the mountainside in the Kandersteg-Sunnbuel Cable Car, Rosa and I greeted many local families going out for a popular weekend hike along the Gemmi Pass, with their dogs in tow. Because of course, in Switzerland, dogs are allowed to travel on all public transport – even the cable cars! With her paws back on the ground, Rosa took off up the trail towards Lake Dauben, trotting straight into slippery ice and snow. I reflected that Rosa, an Australian-native by birth, had really acclimatized to living in Manhattan, as she took to that snow without a moment’s hesitation like a true “New Yorker” poodle
European-Style Vacation, No Passport Needed!
By Tamra Bolton
Dream of traveling to Europe but don’t want the hassle of passports and securing papers for Fido? Just off the coast of Washington lies a group of islands that will have you wondering if you are ‘over the pond’. Dotted with white-washed seaside villages, rolling farmland, lush forests and pristine beaches, this is as close to a European experience as you can get in the states…and it’s a dream destination for dog lovers.
Inn at 500 Capitol a Fido-friendly Boutique Hotel
By Susan Sims, publisher
Our 12-pound adopted dog Honey was off to her first hotel adventure for our stay at the Inn at 500 Capitol in Boise, Idaho.
We were thrilled to learn that they welcomed dogs and their dog themed rooms and floor had all of our tails wagging.
Checking in is a delightful experience as we pulled up a chair and were offered a glass of wine or beer. Their fridge in the lobby is stocked with juices and water and a basket of chips and goodies are there for your taking during the duration of your stay.
Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund
In his own words.
Pet Parents Ryan Beauchesne and Laurence Dionne. Photos and costumes by Ryan Beauchesne
Who doesn’t love to see adorable pet videos and especially the videos of one of the most famous dogs of our time, Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund? Eight-year-old Crusoe took time out of his busy schedule from traveling and PAWtographing his book to visit with FIDO Friendly magazine and talk about his rise to fame.
FIDO Friendly » Where were you born and what’s your sign?
Crusoe » I was born in Montreal, Quebec (yes, I’m bilingual) and my sign in Scorpio!
FF » Do you feel that you were destined for fame?
Crusoe » Yes! When Mum and Dad were raising me as a pup, they noticed I was incredibly photogenic, laid-back, and exceptionally cooperative as a model. And once Dad started posting pics of me on his personal Facebook and getting amazing reactions, that’s when he said, “hey, since you’re so popular with my friends I’ll start up a blog for you!”
FF » What do you do when the ‘puparazzi’ are hounding you?
Crusoe » Turn and pose. But when I’m not feeling it, I can quite easily disappear back to a normal dog, because unless I’m in a outfit or posing in front of cameras, most times people think I’m just a regular lil ol’ dachshund. At a pet store one time, one lady even looked at me and said, “Hey, he kinda looks like that dog Crusoe”…
FF » What is your favorite time of year?
Crusoe » Every time. Anyone who’s read my first book knows I love all the seasons. I enjoy sunshine, forest walks, and fishing in the warmer months, I love cozying up by a fire when it gets chillier, and I absolutely LOVE playing with snowballs and destroying snowmen. Since I was raised near Mont Tremblant for first year of my life, I’ve become quite accustomed to long, snowy winters.
Tentrr Provides Comforts of Home in the Great Outdoors
Few dogs have experienced acres to themselves to run free and reconnect with their animal spirit.
Give you and your dog a special treat by booking a fully equipped, Fido-friendly campsite for your next vacation! Tentrr is perfect for the experienced camper who’s looking to escape the crowded campground or a novice who’s never pitched a tent. Go for a dip in a freshwater swimming hole, take a hike through nature, or just post up and enjoy the gorgeous view with your best friend by your side.
Tentrr is the brainchild of Michael D’Agostino, an outdoor enthusiast who was tired of going to overcrowded campsites where he often couldn’t bring his dog or let her off leash to run free. He knew there had to be a way for people to enjoy camping and outdoor solitude without hordes of people in all directions. His solution is Tentrr, which gives its campers fully-equipped campsites on 15 acres or more of private land so you and your pup can run free.
Top Twelve Pet-Friendly Beaches Around the World
A great day at the seaside just isn’t the same without your best friend so follow us to discover the globe’s top 12 dog-friendly beaches.
By Heidi Fuller-love
Island Fun, Florida.
A short drive from Fort Myers Beach, just follow Estero Blvd to Lovers Key and you’ll find Dog Beach just after the entrance to the State Park. This secluded Lee County beach is one of the few regions in Florida where dogs can stretch their paws on the beach.
Head for the small, but pretty, strip of sand known as Dog Beach and let your pal have fun off leash. Enjoy a romp in the shallow sea, followed by a run along the beach and a refreshing wash at one of the specially designated doggie shower stations on site.
Useful tip: Dog Beach is almost covered by water at exceptionally high tides, so check before going.
Stay: Best Western Plus Beach Resort has pet-friendly rooms overlooking the Bay of Mexico.
Picture Postcard Views, England.
Camber Sands is a fine sand beach on the coast of Sussex, a two-hour drive from London. Most of the beaches in this part of the UK are covered in pebbles or shingle, but, as its name suggests, Camber Sands is a stunning golden sand beach that stretches for seven kilometres along a strip of ruggedly picturesque coastline close to the charming town of Hastings.
A Wag Above the Rest
Beautiful views, great location and stellar accommodations make the Stanford Court a prime pick when staying and playing in San Francisco.
By Nicholas Sveslosky, Editor at Large
When reviewing hotels I look for great accommodations, beautiful views and unique places to dine for me, and plenty of great places for my dog to sniff. The Stanford Court in San Francisco has all of these on my checklist and more!
The Stanford Court is located in the iconic Nob Hill area of San Francisco where historical trollies run in front of the hotel to take you to China Town and Fisherman’s Wharf areas. Get ready for a hike if you’re walking down to Union Square or the Financial District as The Stanford sits on top of some of the steepest hills in San Francisco. Not to worry though, you’ll be able to take a cable car back up. Huntington Park is located on the same elevation, just one block from the hotel, and Nob Hill Café, one of the best restaurants with patio seating in San Fran, is two blocks from the hotel. Visitors will find dogs rule on most sunset nights in Huntington Park as off-leash hounds run to their heart’s content. If Fido is on voice command, this is a great way to meet dog-loving locals.
Pet Therapy in the Workplace
The Power of Pet Therapy in the Workplace
By Claudia Bensimoun
Ever wonder what pets do when they’re at the workplace? A typical day for Luna with Dr. Carlos J.Huerta, DMD, owner of The Dental Boutique in NYC, means snuggling with patients and enticing them to play fetch with her favorite toys while they wait, so that everyone is happy by the time they reach the treatment room. “Luna has become an intrinsic part of treatment at The Dental Boutique. During treatment, she lies down in the patient’s lap, and doesn’t move until the end of the appointment, undisturbed by the sounds of dentistry. She knows when the x-ray apron comes out that she must leave the room, and returns when she hears it being put away,” adds Dr. Huerta.
On the Road with Fido
Road Trippin’ Along California’s Central Coast
California’s Central Coast is a Fido-friendly Mecca for fun in the sun.
By Wendy Lemlin
The day was sunny, the beach was wide, and everywhere he looked, Skipper the Travel Dog spied pups frolicking along the shore. When a bouncy brown and white guy ran up and dropped into the universal "invitation to play" position, Skipper happily accepted and the two were off, tearing along the shoreline, playing tag, and tussling in the sand. At one point the happy pair was running so flat-out fast that they were both airborne, all eight paws in the air, defying gravity, flying over the sand in Cayucos, California.
California's Central Coast is vacation Nirvana for dogs and the humans who love them. From Santa Barbara to San Simeon, there are Fido-friendly beaches at which to play and swim, hotels that graciously cater to four legged guests, and restaurants that set out welcoming water bowls and proffer menus of canine cuisine. From surrey rides to hikes, there is no shortage of activities for people and pets to enjoy together. Midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and hundreds of miles from any large city, San Luis Obispo County beckons with charming towns, sweeping hills and uncrowded beaches.
Surf Dog Ricochet Changes Lives
This one-of-a-kind mentorship program matches veterans and kids for a day of paws-on healing through Ricochet’s canine-assisted surfing, paddling, playing and therapy.
By Judy Fridono
Ricochet traded her long board for a paddleboard as she took veterans with PTSD and kids with special needs from the battleground to the playground through her Waves of Empowerment program. This one-of-a-kind mentorship program matches combat veterans with PTSD and kids with special needs for a day of empowerment and paws-on healing. It also incorporates adults with disabilities who want to inspire and encourage kids through the challenges they've faced.
Each veteran or adult becomes a mentor, and is matched one-on-one with a child with special needs. The program focuses on canine-assisted surfing, paddling, playing and therapy. And, thanks to Body Glove who donated two inflatable stand-up paddle boards to the program, and to Redfin who sponsored the event, Ricochet is able help even more veterans and kids.
Activities are facilitated by Ricochet who is a registered therapy dog with Alliance of Therapy Dogs, a certified goal directed therapy dog with Paws’itive Teams, and holds the highest therapy dog title with the AKC. Ricochet helps reduce social anxiety as the veterans and children engage in activities that foster positive, interactive relationships.
Inn and Spa at Loretto
2016 Reader’s Choice Award Winner
Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Award, Best New Mexico hotel for Top Southwest Hotels, 2015
By Susan Sims, publisher
Our second visit to the award winning Inn and Spa at Loretto reminds us why we so enjoy our time here. The iconic Santa Fe Inn was recently recognized on the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards list of Top Large City Hotels in the Continental U.S. The Inn and Spa at Loretto is the only hotel in New Mexico to make the list of Top Large City Hotels.
Located at the end of The Santa Fe Trail, nestled perfectly into its historical surroundings near the Plaza, the AAA Four-Diamond, Inn and Spa at Loretto flows seamlessly into the gentle New Mexico landscape. It was built in 1975 next to the famous Loretto Chapel, on the grounds where the Academy of Our Lady of Light (Loretto) once stood.
And they are very Fido-friendly.
Kat Mendenhall Vegan Cowboy Boot Maker
Two words you’d never expect to hear in the same sentence, cattle rancher’s daughter and vegan.
Two words you’d never expect to hear in the same sentence, cattle rancher’s daughter and vegan. Call it an oxymoron if you wish, but how I went from beef and leather to tofu and creating vegan cowboy boots is anything but. Seven years ago I embarked on a journey that I had no idea would forever change the course of my life, but it did and all for the better too.
Choosing a vegan diet to improve my overall health and fitness was not difficult. I had to learn to substitute and embrace new ingredients, but in the end I discovered a slew of great food and cuisines to keep my palate more than satisfied. In fact, I went to culinary nutrition school and was certified to help others incorporate more plant-based food into their own diets. I love helping people eat better and improve their health.
Removing leather from my life proved to be a bit trickier. For the first few years of eating vegan, I never thought about what I was putting on my body. A life-long lover of designer cowboy boots, I considered leather a by-product of the meat industry. After learning the truth at the Main Street Vegan Academy, that animals are raised solely for their skins, I made a decision to ditch leather for good.
By Robin Tierney
“Virginia is for Lovers” ranks among the most recognized tourism slogans. “Alexandria is for dog-lovers” could easily be claimed by the state’s culturally rich town that edges Washington, D.C. Alexandria, Virginia has more than one dog for every four residents, 18 public off-leash dog parks and the honor of being named one of the nation’s most dog-friendly cities by Animal Planet.
Great places to stay and go
What about visiting canines? They are more than welcome. More than half of Alexandria’s hotels are Fido-friendly. The roughest part of planning your trip may be deciding on lodging since there are more than 2,000 Fido-friendly hotel rooms in the city. Welcoming properties include Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa, which provides a concierge list of Fido-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and pet boutiques, and The Westin in Alexandria’s Carlyle neighborhood, which offers its plush Heavenly Dog Bed and other special amenities.
Just eight miles from Washington, D.C., Alexandria’s independently owned shops, museums, galleries and cosmopolitan-casual restaurants occupy beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture. Founded in 1749, the waterfront destination is easy to reach, and its spectacular historic downtown, Old Town, is a walkable mile from the waterfront to the Metrorail system connecting to the nation’s capital. Both historic and hip, Alexandria’s attractions run the gamut from timeless favorites to fresh cultural pursuits for all tastes.
Finding Fido TV Host Seth Casteel
TV Host of Finding Fido Seth Casteel loves a happy ending
By Susan Sims, publisher
I met Seth Casteel at our very first Get Your Licks on Route 66® pet adoption tour nine years ago. He was a photographer sent to cover the event in Los Angeles from a local newspaper. We struck up a friendship and Seth has photographed for FIDO Friendly magazine over the years. Imagine my surprise to see Seth on TV in his new series, Finding Fido. I knew he would be of interest to our readers so I recently sat down to talk with Seth about his show and best-selling book Underwater Dogs.
FIDO Friendly » When and why did you start working with animals in shelters to start photographing them so they would look great to prospective pet parents and easier to adopt?
Seth Casteel » In 2007, I was working at a movie studio and some friends of mine discovered a litter of kittens on the studio lot. I volunteered to take a few pictures to help get them adopted. We snuck the kittens into an executive's office while he was out to lunch and let the kittens hop around on the furniture - taking pictures the entire time. We sent the photos out through the studio email network and twenty-four hours later, they were all adopted. Yay!!! A few weeks later, we found another litter of kittens, took some more pictures, and more adoptions! I then became a volunteer with Los Angeles Animal Services, photographing dogs and cats to help increase adoptions.
FF » Your Underwater Dogs book is a huge success, what made you decide to shoot dogs underwater?
SC » So many people think it was my idea, but it wasn't! It was a dog's idea! Buster the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel decided to turn our "on-land" photo shoot into an "in-the-pool" shoot when he started jumping in after his favorite ball. The above-water pictures just didn't tell the whole story, so I cruised off, bought a point-and-shoot underwater camera, zipped back and jumped in. The resulting pictures were the beginning of the series of Underwater Dogs, and now a tattoo of Buster takes up pretty much my entire arm!
In Reno and South Lake Tahoe
By Nicholas Sveslosky, Editor
Reno, Nevada is a hidden gem. With direct flights from major cities offered by Alaska Airlines and with Fido allowed to join you on the flight, Reno is now within barking distance for those wishing to travel with their dogs. Many that come into Reno may continue on to South Lake Tahoe for their final destination, but there are a few things not to miss in Reno’s downtown area as you make your way to Lake Tahoe.
Restaurants and retail shops line Reno’s Riverwalk to welcome you and your pooch for a dinning and shopping experience. One restaurant to dive into that is situated on Riverwalk is Campo. This neighborhood, locally sourced and Fido-friendly restaurant features cheese tastings, soups, pastas, pizzas and just as many toppings as you can think of to put on your food. Their food is fresh, and their atmosphere is friendly.
After the engines are full, the Riverwalk beckons you and Fido to explore. Fido-friendly shops welcome you and your dog with water basins and a few treats for Fido. There are Fido-friendly parks along the Riverwalk, and you and Fido can take in the sites at Wingfield park where you might spot a few Kayakers sprinting the Truckee River at Kayak park.
Heading out of town and on your way to South Lake Tahoe, be sure to visit one of the best-preserved mining towns in the country. Virginia City is located about a 40 minutes drive outside of Reno. This old mining town has its original wooden sidewalks, and many of the old buildings have been preserved to keep the feel of what it was like in the 1800s when this city was a booming gold and silver mining town. Many came to stake their claim, and some became millionaires overnight. This growth led to a boom in Virginia City, and that attracted the wealthy and the well known such as Mark Twain to report and capture the city’s growth. A must is to take a ride on the Virginia City Trolley, as the driver downloads all the history of the town as you travel through its main and side streets. Be sure to ask the driver if it’s okay that Fido come along with you, and with the drivers discretion you and your pooch may be in for a great ride through the city.
FIDO Friendly Top Ski Resort Destination
Whistler, Evolution Hotel
By Nicholas Sveslosky, Editor
FIDO Friendly magazine has chose one of the top winter destinations for all you powder hounds out there. Evolution Hotel is nestled in Whistler’s Creekside Village and the hotel puts you within walking distance of the Creekside Gondola. At the end of the day, relax and melt away any of those sore muscles at the hotel’s outdoor heated pool, two hot tubs, a sauna, eucalyptus steam room, fitness center, a games room and a media room, which provides two daily movie viewings.
Evolution is consistently ranked in the Top 10 hotels on TripAdvisor to stay and play while visiting the Whistler area. This modern, chic lodge offers one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites as well as one three-bedroom suite. All suites feature a trendy and comfortably sophisticated design, full kitchen with high-end appliances, dining area, living area with a cozy replace, private balconies and an in-suite washer and dryer. The best part of this hotel experience, of course is that Fido will be welcomed with a pet bed, a towel, two bowls for food and water and a delicious treat.
Outside in the Creekside Village there are plenty of patio seating restaurants where you and Fido can dine and soak in this unique ski village atmosphere. There is also a grocery store within a three minutes walk from your hotel. Whistler is one of the most Fido-friendly cities in the world. Nearly 10,000 people live in Whistler and a large number of residents have dogs. As a result, Whistler offers excellent pet-friendly resources including miles of trails, dog beaches and parks, and services including boarding, grooming and dog walking.
Molly Tuttle—A Kind and Conscientious Fashion Blogger
A documentary inspired a total life change and the creation of a unique blog.
By Penny Eims
Molly Tuttle’s Popular Blog, Fashionveggie, something that she refers to as her "passion project," was not a well-planned out venture. Instead, she tells FIDO Friendly that it was a "very impulsive move." The blog, which includes fashion, books, travel and more, came to be after Tuttle watched a screening of the documentary, Cowspiracy, with her boyfriend on October 15, 2014. She told FIDO Friendly that she turned to her boyfriend at the conclusion of the movie and said, "well, I am going to be vegan now."
One month later, her Fashionveggie blog was created. Tuttle had never followed blogs in the past and she never considered creating her own, but after making the life-changing decision to become vegan, she knew that her biggest challenge would be transitioning away from wearing leather. After searching the Internet for a vegan fashion blog to follow, and coming up empty handed, she decided to do it herself—Fashionveggie was officially born. Tuttle told FIDO Friendly that she "loves knowing that she is helping the animals by making animal-friendly shopping more accessible for the mainstream."
Tuttle refers to herself as a free-spirited animal lover with a passion for fashion—on her blog, she explains, "it has become a passion of mind to find beautiful and unique pieces that are animal friendly. I want to help people express themselves and find their personal style, all while being kind and conscientious—and having fun!"
Pumpkin the Adorable Bandit Dog
Pumpkin, Oreo and Toffee are three unlikely friends, with an incredible bond.
By Penny Eims
Pumpkin may very well be the cutest “bandit” dog that you have ever seen. Okay, perhaps not a dog of the canine sort, but shh, don’t tell her. In 2014, when Pumpkin was just a month old, she fell from a tree during a Bahamian windstorm - the fall resulted in a broken leg and ultimately, the loss of her family. The woman who discovered the injured baby waited and watched for the mother raccoon to return, but it soon became apparent that the injured young cub had been abandoned.
Baby Pumpkin’s fall happened in the back- yard of Laura Young’s parents’ home-today, Laura is Pumpkin’s adoptive mom...well, one of three “moms.” Young’s two rescued dogs, Oreo and Toffee, are Pumpkin’s best friends, siblings and self-appointed, stand-in moms as well. Ac- cording to Young, the trio formed an almost immediate bond. In Young’s book, Pumpkin: The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog, she comments on the unlikely friendship, “It was a surprise to all of us to see these three misfits form such a beautiful connection.”
Pumpkin adores her canine family-in fact, she follows them everywhere, and judging by her actions, Pumpkin is quite certain that she too is a dog. In Young’s book, she describes Pumpkin’s sweet morning greeting to her best friends, “She walks up to them and grabs their noses and licks them or gives them a gentle nibble. She does this when they come back from walks, and if she is up in the cupboard space, she always pops open a door just to see if it is really them.”
Vets and Service Dogs
American Humane Aims to Address Obstacles in Public Access to Vets with Service Dogs.
American Humane Hosted a first-of-its-kind national convening to address a major issue for our nation’s veterans: breaking down barriers for access to PTS service dogs.
Every day, more than 180 veterans are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). PTS service dogs play a vital role in the health, well-being and recovery of many of these veterans, but waiting lists for these life-saving animals can take as long as 18-24 months. Currently, there are no national standards or best practices for training and credentialing these vitally important service dogs. And to compound that, many Americans are uninformed about the roles and rights of service dogs, making access to public places harder for vets with service dogs.
In fact, results of a survey conducted by American Humane suggest employees are un- prepared to accommodate the unique needs of customers with PTS service dogs. Employees also question the credibility of people claiming their animal is a service dog, especially when those customers have no visible disabilities, as with many PTS veterans. Key findings include:
Seven in 10 employees surveyed feel at best “moderately informed” regarding the difference between service animals, therapy animals, and emotional support animals, including more than one-fifth (23 percent) of respondents who say they’re “not informed at all.
Meet Me in St. Louis
St. Louis is a vibrant city for you and Fido to explore.
By Greg Sims
Dog-centric St. Louis has a lot to offer Fido and family from boat rides in Forest Park to scenic strolls through iconic neighborhoods.
If fortunate to be in town for a St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium AND in time for the annual Purina Pooches in the Ballpark event, grab Fido to join you for a day filled with fun. Prior to the game enjoy the Ultimate Air Dogs Competition where dogs compete in dock diving exhibitions.
You and your pooch are then invited onto the field to participate in a pre-game cos- tume parade around the track. Pets are encouraged to show their Cardinals pride by wearing weather-appropriate team gear or their best summer-inspired costumes for a chance to win prizes and unique opportunities courtesy of Nestlé Purina and the St. Louis Cardinals. All participants will receive a Purina goodie-bag and a Cardinals Pet Leash Holder and Photo Frame courtesy of Nestlé Purina.The St. Louis Cardinals are the winningest of all National League teams.
Welcome to Dog Paradise
Happy dogs take a break from city life in Mendocino.
By Heike Hellwig
Mendocino had been on our list of places to discover for several years and at last, my husband and I along with our Catahoula Leopard Dog, Jazz, were ready for the journey. After a long road trip along the coast (and countless stops to hunt for antiques), our Mendocino experience began as soon as we exited freeway 101 and onto highway 128. With the windows lowered to Jazz’s liking, we passed through Anderson Valley (known for its wineries) and toured through its gorgeous countryside towards the ocean. The spring season was in full bloom and the hillsides covered in colors. Be- fore long, California Redwoods, that hugged the road, chaperoned us to the coast. The entrance into the seaside town of Mendocino simply took our breath away.
Immediately, we were taken by the picturesque, wild flower covered bluffs and crashing surfs. With her head out the window, Jazz, took in the salty air and signaled that she was ready to exit the car and go for a swim. We chose a small beach and watched as she ran and played in the water—pure happiness!
Now that our pup had gotten a good workout, we were ready to get settled at the MacCallum House, our home for the next two nights. The “Mac House”, as locals call it, is a Victorian Inn and historical landmark, surrounded by lush gardens and expansive lawns, just perfect for Fido. We were warmly welcomed by the friendly staff and quickly checked in (pet fees are $40 per night). Our residence was the “Barn”, which featured beautifully restored rooms, river-stone wood-burning fireplaces, decks and ocean views. Jazz promptly took possession of the luxurious accommodation including the deck with views of the grounds, the town and the sea. Our Fido-friendly room included a care pack- age for our pup (a pet bed, blanket and towel along with stainless steel water and food dishes on a rubber matt) and a hand-written welcome note with a bottle of wine (Husch Vineyards, Anderson Valley) from Herman Seidell, the General Manager.
Honey Creek Resort State Park
Plenty of places to roam with your dog along the shores of Rathbun Lake.
By Susan Sims, Publisher
Wow. Double wow and double bow wow wow. If you find yourself lucky enough to be in Iowa, make a trip to the Honey Creek Resort located in a state park!
Last October we checked in mid-week and beat the crowds. It was a beautiful Indian Summer day so we took our dogs down to the beach for a game of fetch. It was only later that I learned the beach was off-limits to our furry companions. Ooops! I do understand however as at peak seasons I am sure the beach would be packed with family enjoying the lake.
We stayed in cabin number six within walking distance to the lodge and Rathbun Lake, the second largest lake in Iowa. Our cabin boasted two bedrooms and two baths with full kitchen and dining room with living room and fireplace. It was nice and cozy and near the lodge and restaurant.
Celebrity Dog Pawing it Forward
Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers teach kids and families backyard science.
By Susan Sims, Publisher
This is a true rags-to-riches story of a dog called Lucky When you ask Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equip-ment Institute who found Lucky living on the streets, he will be the first to tell you the moniker didn’t quite fit the dog at the time.
“He was in tough shape when I got him” says Kris. “He was a poor rescue pup living on the street who has become very successful, and become a celebrity dog who is ‘pawing it forward’ for others.”
Lucky is a normal dog until he dons his super hero cape and becomes TurfMutt to help educate children and parents about the wonders of the backyard. Lesson plans and at home activities for parents and teachers for grades K-2 and 3-5 can be found on scholastic.com/TurfMutt. There are digi-tal storybooks available for download featuring Saving the Planet, One Yard at a Time and The West Coast Mission along with video tips to Go Green.
Animal Aid USA
When true magic happens.
You might think of fairy tales and slaying dragons when you hear the word “prince.” But this story doesn’t involve goons or goblins, or mermaids and elves. It does however involve magic, from a real life prince living in south Florida.
Prince Lorenzo Borghese has a rich heritage steeped in Roman culture and art. His storied paternal ancestors include the cosmetics icon Princess Marcella Borghese, Napoleon’s sister Paulina Bonaparte Borghese as well as Pope Paul V (Camillo Borghese) and Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who both had an enormous influence on Italian art and also helped finish St. Peter’s Basilica (where the Borghese family name and crest appear). And instead of spending time in the towers of castles saving damsels in distress, this down-to-earth real-life prince charming is an animal welfare activist and humanitarian who has saved the lives of thousands of four-legged friends.
Borghese might be most recognized as “The Bachelor” from ABC’s reality show. Or you may have seen him on UK’s Celebrity Big Brother, or Esquire network’s Lucky Bastard. But the handsome prince is using his celebrity status to save homeless animals.
Floral crowns, pit bulls, and a photographer’s quest to change negative perceptions.
By Penny Eims
When some, make that many, people are asked to visualize a pit bull, they may conjure up images of vicious, unstable dogs with blocky heads and viselike jaws. One French photographer has decided to use her exceptional talent to create the Flower Power: Pit bulls of the Revolution photography art series to help change the negative perception of these often maligned dogs.
The woman behind this noble quest is Sophie Gamand, who has described the goal of her project, “I created Flower Power to challenge the way we look at pit bull-type dogs. Everywhere around the world, these dogs are the victims of terrible prejudice and abuse, sometimes leading to terrible con- sequences such as the eviction of their owners, or the euthanasia of the dogs.”
Gamand, who currently lives in New York, photographs homeless shelter dogs of the pit bull variety...before the photographs are taken, the dogs are adorned in exquisite handmade flower crowns. The delicate props offer a lovely softness to the misunderstood dogs who are frequently associated with violence, rather than beauty and gentleness. Gamand described why she chose flowers for this project, “The flowers symbolize the ephemeral quality of life, reminding us that these creatures are fragile and precious. By shortening the distance with the subject, my images question our own humanity. Whether or not we like pit bulls, is it acceptable to produce and discard them in such high numbers, for no other reason than our own fears and shortcomings?”
Adventures in Pet Sitting
Adventures in Pet Sitting: Woofs & Wine in the South of France
It’s impossible to regard housesitting as a job when the rewards last a lifetime.
By Jane Thomas
When nursing a broken heart—or a severely dented ego—three things are essential to recovery: a stunning location, free-flowing wine and dogs. A brutal twisting of events saw me spending a new year’s eve scouring the Internet for the holy trinity of heartache cures and it was through this morose meandering that I stumbled across housesitting. While everyone else in the world slept off their new year hangovers I chatted with an English lady in the south of France who needed somebody to look after her two dogs.
Everyone knows that France and wine go hand in hand and here I was landing the jackpot: a month on a vineyard in the far south.
I remember arriving in the dark, seeing hints of vines stretching off into the distance—and the silence being shattered by a dog who was singing. “Oh yes,” the lady confirmed, “Nina sings. Nobody believes me when I tell them but...” and she trailed off with the typical French shrugging gesture she had adopted after years in the country. Nina and Madge, two rescues of no discernible lineage, wagged their whole bodies in greeting.
Woodinville’s Wine Country
Over 100 wineries welcome you and Fido to partake of the sights, smells and tastes of this growing wine country.
By editor, Nicholas Sveslosky
Passion is infectious. Any wine enthusiast and dog lover who wishes to be infected with passion
should grab Fido and head to Woodinville Wine Country in Washington. With over 100 wine tasting rooms, and the variety of wine makers and personality to go with it, you and Fido will be sure to experience sensory overload while exploring this hidden wine valley.
Just over the hill, and approximately 30 miles from downtown Seattle sits this mecca for wine tasting enthusiasts. Eclectic wine connoisseurs will be able to satiate their palates with a plethora of wines to taste. From informal warehouse tastings to grand Chateaus, Woodinville Wine Country is a place that welcomes all forms of travelers, two and four-legged alike.
Willows Lodge sits at the heart of your wine tasting experience in Woodinville, and is prominently surrounded by Chateau Ste Michelle (one of the oldest wineries in Woodinville dating back to 1934), Red Hook Brewery, Columbia Winery, Pattersons Cellars, Brian Carter Cellars and Purple Café, all within walking distance, just to name a few.
You and your furry companion can safely walk on a secure walkway to and from the over 20 different wineries surrounding Willows Lodge. Many wineries have outdoor seating, and some, like Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Winery, have outdoor music concerts to enjoy with your wine, cheese and crackers and Fido. Some venues may not allow dogs, so be sure to check ahead of time, while other wineries, such as Brian Carter Cellars, have Puppies on the Patio gatherings that allow travelers to sniff, swirl and savor.
On Wisconsin the Bow Wow Wow Badger State!
Two cities in Wisconsin are a playground for Fido.
By Greg Sims
Green Bay is the oldest city in Wisconsin and well known as the Packers hometown. While wineries, cheese tasting and breweries dot the landscape; it’s the Packers that drive the economy in Green Bay.
Recently named an All-American city, it consistently ranks high on “best-places” lists as well.
With your canine companion, take a one-mile walk along Green Bay’s Walk of Legends featuring 24 engraved granite and steel obelisk statues celebrating the history of Green Bay football.
Fido will insist on a visit to Golrusks’ Specialty Pet Boutique where you can find a wide variety of supplies for your dog from beds, food, toys, treats and many more items for Fido’s discerning nod of approval.
After working up a thirst, bring Fido along to the award-winning craft microbrewery, Badger State Brewing Company, where you can dine al fresco weather permitting and join in the November Firkin Fest. Located in the famed Lambeau Field “Stadium District,” they feature Green Chop Session IPA, Bunyan Badger English Style Brown Ale and much more.
Pack up the pooch and drive 30 miles to visit Appleton. Situated on the Fox River, Appleton is known as the town where famed magician Harry Houdini grew up along with being home to Fox River Mall, the second largest shopping mall in the state.
Compassionate products that don’t involve taking from animals.
Treating all of our animal friends on earth with compassion and kindness can start with meatless Mondays and carry-over to a vegan lifestyle. It may be as simple as buying products that are not tested on animals from cosmetics to shoes and clothing made from non-animal products. A subtle shift in mindset and lifestyle has an enormous impact on the sentient creatures we share our planet with. When choosing a kinder more gentle way of life, be sure to look in to some of the following companies that have fantastic cruelty-free products to consider.
The Young and the Restless Daytime Ladies and their Dogs
Publisher Susan Sims sits down with five daytime TV actors to dish dog.
Photos by Seth Casteel
I DO CONFESS; I SET MY DVR TO KEEP UP with the denizens of Genoa City each week on The Young and The Restless and binge watch over the weekend. I have been a fan for over 30 years. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to feature a few of my favorite actresses to dish all things dogs.
CHARACTER ON Y&R: SHARON MCAVOY
(PREVIOUSLY COLLINS, NEWMAN, AND ABBOTT)
FIDO FRIENDLY » What is the earliest memory you have of your first dog and can you tell us a little about him?
SHARON CASE » We had a dog named Ruffles in our family as early as I can remember. I think I was about four. She was a sweet little girl; a small grey poodle. She was a great playmate; like having a live doll. I dressed her in baby clothes and put her in the baby buggy.
FF » Is your dog a good judge of character?
SC » I think both of my dogs have good intuition. They seem to know a good person and dog lover when they see them. I’ve noticed my dogs will be very affectionate with these people whereas otherwise they might be shy or disinterested.
FF » What is a typical day like on set and who watches your dog while you are at work?
SC » My daily routine at work is pretty simple. I usually start with the hair and makeup department, and then we take a meeting with our director onstage and do a quick rehearsal. After that I’ll usually have time to have breakfast or study my lines for a while before shooting, unless my scenes are the first on the taping schedule.
Loki The Wolfdog & Kelly Lund
A man’s true best friend
Story by Claudia Bensimoun
Photos by Kelly Lund
“I believe dogs aren’t meant to live out their lives in a backyard or inside a house. I hate to see that. I hope we are inspiring people to get out, explore our world, and make memories with their pups,” says Kelly Lund.
It’s no surprise that Kelly Lund and his best friend, Loki lead an exciting life.
No one else understands adventure better than Lund. Together with his beloved three-year-old Loki, an irresistible Siberian husky, Malamute and Arctic Wolf hybrid, the two have been passionate about exploring the wilderness off-leash and having fun.
“I’ve traveled most of the Western United States with Loki. Our goal is to see as much as we can in his life. We love to find wilderness areas without people. Outside of Colorado, we have seen much of Utah, traveled through Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, California and Nevada,” says Lund.
A typical day for Lund and Loki means having plenty of outdoor fun. “I’ve always been really into road-tripping, exploring new places, camping, outside activities, etc. When I brought Loki home, I did my best to restructure my life to include him in my activities instead of leaving him behind at the house. Believe it or not, I actually have a full-time job. I am the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for the City of Denver. My work is diverse, and I don’t exactly have a normal day. Outside of work though, he runs next to me as I ride a bicycle quite a bit.
Best Friends Animal Sancuary
Save Them All®
A life saving dream 30 years in the making.
By editor, Nicholas Sveslosky
Have you ever wondered what an animal sanctuary would be like? For animal lovers, the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Best Friends) near Kanab, Utah, is like Disneyland. Not only do you get to go to the attractions, but you may also volunteer to help run some of the operations in taking care of the animals.
Best Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. The Society operates Best Friends Animal Sanctuary near the city of Kanab in southern Utah. The Sanctuary is in the heart of the Golden Circle of National Parks, world famous hikes and monuments: Bryce, Grand Canyon, Zion National Parks and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The Sanctuary is adjacent to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
Best Friends was founded by a band of friends in 1984 who had little money, no master plan, few construction skills and the realization of countless lives hanging in the balance. They set out to address a very specific problem: how to save the lives of the 17 million dogs and cats dying in America’s shelters each year. What they created was the nation’s largest no-kill companion animal sanctuary and also ground zero for the No Kill movement. Today, the number of animals dying in our nation’s shelters is down to about four million per year.
Step Back in Time
It’s easy to see why Collierville was selected by Parade Magazine as the 2014 “America’s Best Main Street” winner.
By Susan Sims, Publisher
Located just east of Memphis, nestled in the heart of Tennessee’s Delta, historic Collierville offers vintage memories and sentimental tradition. It’s also a great walking town for you and Fido with shops welcoming furry visitors with their owners. Stopping at Dixie Pickers will assure a hearty tail wag from Daisy, the five-year-old rescue from Middle, Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue. This boutique menswear and antique store is a one of a kind shop where vintage finds range from a 1930’s porcelain Goodyear sign to dog collars and leashes and casual men’s clothing.
The gazebo in the Collierville Square is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and harkens back to an earlier time when townspeople would gather to talk about their day. The gazebo still serves as a focal point and is home to summertime concerts..
Waldorf Astoria Park City Utah
Powder Hounds Unite!
Waldorf Astoria Park City named number one Fido-friendly ski resort 2015.
By Susan Sims, Publisher
Ski vacations often meant leaving Fido behind at a boarding facility or with a pet sitter, friends or relatives. Fast-forward to today and more options are available than ever before where Fido can tag along, just like any other family member.
Located at the base of Canyons Resort, Utah’s largest ski and snowboard resort, the Forbes Four-Star Waldorf Astoria Park City caters to the ski hound in all of us by welcoming Fido with use of dog beds, bowls, and on a recent visit, our dogs names were lovingly carved in to fresh baked dog cookies delivered by friendly staff.
It gets better. Simply walk out of the hotel to enjoy miles of hiking and walking trails and in the winter, the golf course turns in to cross-country ski trails. Gondolas are a stroll away to take up the mountain and the kitchen at Powder will create a delicious boxed lunch for your excursion.
Issue 67 •
Ending Trophy Hunting
The brutal and illegal slaughter of Cecil, Hwange National Park’s most beloved lion, by Dr. Walter Palmer, a Minneapolis dentist, has fueled an international outcry against trophy hunting and, for the most part, all wildlife hunting.
Story by Claudia Bensimoun
In an era of wildlife extinction with large-scale rhino poaching and canned lion hunting, conservation should be a priority, and measures must be put in place to halt canned hunting and poaching internationally.
“Sadly, an estimated 756 African lions are killed by trophy hunters every year. So, while it is not unusual for lions to be killed by trophy hunters, Cecil’s story allowed us to bring this matter to the public’s attention. Cecil the lion is an animal who was well-known and loved. He was radio-collared and the subject of a study by Oxford University scientists. A lot was known about him: that he was one of two adult males in a lion pride, and that he has cubs who survived him. He was used to being around people. He was photographed and enjoyed by many. When he was killed, the researchers knew about it and the location of his remains. The ensuing investigation by the Government of Zimbabwe revealed illegalities in Cecil’s hunt and they have asked the US to extradite the hunter to face charges in Zimbabwe. Cecil’s story reveals a wealth of information about how the trophy hunting industry operates,” explains Teresa Telecky, Ph.D. Director, Wildlife Department, Humane Society International, Washington, DC.
According to Shelly Cox, African Bush Camps and Brent Staplekamp from the Lion Research Unit in Hwange, “Jericho was with Cecil’s pride (comprising of three female lionesses and seven cubs) after Cecil’s death. They all appear to be doing extremely well. Jericho is currently in another area not far from this pride and is mating with a female named “Cathy” from an alternative pride that both Cecil and Jericho looked after. Both prides appear to be doing well.”
Get Your Licks on Route 66
Get Your Licks on Route 66 with Tour Spokesperson Brandon McMillan
Get Your Licks on Route 66® 7th Annual Cross-Country Pet Adoption Tour Road Journal: Over 1,600 dogs and cats found their new forever homes, plus one goat. By Susan Sims
By Susan Sims
Thank you to Brandon McMillan for serving as our spokesperson for this year’s pet adoption tour. Brandon shares our passion for adoption and through his TV show Lucky Dog, he is able to educate, motivate and lead by example that we all can ‘lend a paw a hand’ to help eliminate the epidemic of homeless pets in America. The following is my travel journal during our seven weeks on the road, helping to save lives, one shelter at a time.
Brandon was featured in an earlier issue of FIDO Friendly magazine and spoke in part about his passion for adoption and raising awareness: “Anyone who thinks shelter dogs are damaged goods, come up and spend a few days with me at Lucky Dog Ranch. That’ll change their mind.
Every year over 1.5 million dogs are euthanized, that’s just in America. People don’t realize the numbers; they don’t realize it’s an epidemic. They think the shelter is like the city dump not realizing it’s actually a place with four pawed treasures.”
September 18, 2015—WEEK ONE
We have already been through Riverside and Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona. It’s been HOT! The heat has kept some folks home but those who have come out to the events are spinning our wheel loaded with prizes from our sponsors and adopting their new best friends!
At the Riverside animal shelter, a woman was there to pick up her lost dog. The dog had been missing three days and has one eye and is blind in that eye. She was so happy to be reunited with her canine companion, it was truly a joy for everyone to see. After she paid the fee for the rescue cost and chip, she was so happy, she donated $10 additional to spin the wheel! So we thought our sponsors wouldn’t mind if we loaded up a goodie bag provided by Petcurean with all the prizes she would need to take home with her beloved pet.
At our kick-off event at the Van Nuys shelter in Los Angeles, California, our spokesperson of the CBS TV series, Lucky Dog, Brandon McMillan, was on hand to meet new adoptees, sign autographs and to answer training and behavioral questions. The crew was there to film and footage will be part of an upcoming episode so check your local listings for dates and channels.
Dunedin aka Dogedin
If you come back in your next life as a dog be sure to live that life in Dunedin, Florida.
By Greg Sims
Traveling for FIDO Friendly magazine to sniff out hotels and destinations for purpose of review is a ‘ruff’ job, but someone has to do it. I had the opportunity to visit Dunedin recently and became enchanted with the city, its people and its dog-gone Fido-friendliness at every corner.
As pet-friendly destinations grow in popularity all across the United States, one located north of St. Petersburg / Clearwater on Florida’s gulf coast is emerging as top dog, year-round: The City of Dunedin, which has earned the nickname “Dogedin”— and for good reason!
With dog-friendly restaurants, canine-welcoming cafes, dog parks, beaches and public murals of the furry loved ones who call Dunedin home, the City is the perfect summer destination for pets and their families.
Home base for this trip was the Fido-friendly Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn overlooking St. Joseph’s Sound and within walking distance to downtown. All Fido-friendly units are on the ground floor with their own entrance—making it easy for pups to come and go—and feature a fully equipped kitchen. Nearby located in the picturesque waterfront setting of Dunedin Marina, Bon Appetit restaurant has been serving exceptional cuisine for 40 years, Voted Tampa Bay’s “Best Waterfront Restaurant”, Bon Appetit’s diverse menu includes options for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and Fido is welcome to dine with you al fresco at the Marina Café at Bon Appetit.
Dunedin is the Home of Honeymoon Island and a trip to Honeymoon Island Dog Beach where Fido can frolic in clear blue water is a must for any truly serious dog lover. Dogs on leashes are allowed in designated areas including the pet beach on the southern tip of the island and on the nature trail. A dog wash area is available to rinse off the salt water and sand before heading out to your next adventure. No need to leave hungry as Café Honeymoon Island offers outdoor patio seating.
Better Life for Bora Bora Dogs—Tracy Fentem really loves dogs; so much in fact that she has eight of her own.
By Yvonne Dick
As Director of Sales and Marketing for the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort in the French Polynesian islands Tracy Fentem found it nearly unbearable to drive along the island roads and see the stray dogs.
“Anything that’s dog related, you know, I’m the crazy dog lady,” she says.
Fortunately she was not the only one who felt this way and with a little bit of luck and love she was able to partner with local veterinarians and hotel management and come up with a way that hotel patrons and islanders could also show the dogs love which they had been desperately lacking as strays.
“One day I saw a dog that was walking around and her leg was just awful, it wasn’t even really like a leg anymore and I said I can’t do this today—we need to get her to a veterinarian right now. Took her straight to the vet, the two vets on the Island are wonderful. We saved her. She had to have her leg amputated and we caught her sister, I called them Katniss and Pita. Katniss found her home before Pita did.”
Recently the St Regis Bora Bora has had the pleasure of launching Fentem’s line of dog accessories and apparel. Styled after the colors, textures, and symbols of Bora Bora the line includes leashes, collars, coats and more available to purchase at the St Regis. Guests can pick up a special souvenir for their own furry loved one while supporting the local stray dogs and the network of humans who take care of them, a percentage of sales goes toward the St Regis Bora Bora Furry Friends.
Merchandise includes bandanas in local browns adorned with paw prints which are coloured and put onto stems like wildflowers. Leather and natural rope collars and leashes with the SRBB Furry Friends logo. For grooming and other supplies there is a burlap dog tote featuring paw prints, and to go inside the tote consumers can add the tie-strap grooming kit which is a fold-out wallet style matching fabric case for collapsible water bowl, brushes, shampoos, clippers etc. Finally there is a soft canvas nylon dog treat belt pouch with inner plastic lining and adjustable snap-buckle belt.
Southern California Dreaming
Five seaside properties where Fido reigns supreme.
By publisher, Susan Sims
Southern California boasts a variety of Fido-welcoming communities on and off-leash with parks, beaches and tiny hamlets begging for the playful side of both you and your canine companion to come out and play.
STAY: Beachfront Only Vacation Rentals
Do you like the sound of crashing waves? Your own private beachfront porch with lounging options of Adirondack chairs? Beachfront Only Vacation Rentals gives you and Fido VIP front beach access to unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean. With a full kitchen, refrigerator, family board games, Beachfront Only Vacation Rentals provides your own private respite from other beach seeking vacationers.
If you can pull yourself away from your private sanctuary, head downtown with Fido and check out modern art at the Oceanside Museum of Modern Art. Fido is not allowed inside the museum but there are dog-sitting options available (see sidebar). After you have your art fill, you and Fido might want to stop in at the Sanctuary Café for an oasis within an oasis. Attached to one of the oldest buildings in Oceanside, the Sanctuary Café has a new ambiance with cool vibes, plants galore, and some chill coffee and pastry.
After your morning chat with locals, head to the pier to rent a beach cruiser from Wheel Fun Rentals and cruise your way to the marina where it’s SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) time at SUP Rentals, Boat Rental of America, at Oceanside Harbor. Fido is welcome, and you can choose SUP, Kayak, or paddle boats. Make sure everyone has their lifejackets on, and Fido is able to stay stable while you paddle the marina.
Cane's Bucket List—A beloved dog’s diagnosis of terminal cancer inspired his owners to come up with a creative way to cope with the loss that would come too soon.
By Penny Elms
When faced with the end of a beloved dog’s life, it can be nearly impossible to wrap one’s head around the thought of saying good-bye. While we may hope for our dogs to reach a certain age - one which seems significant enough to make the ache of the final farewell bearable, truth be known, whether our dog dies at seven years of age, or 18, it is going to hurt.
In November, when a couple in North Texas learned that their six-year-old, rescued pit bull, “Cane,” had terminal thyroid cancer, they came up with a creative way to help themselves cope with the devastating news, and a way to ensure that the end of their dog’s life would be the best that it could be.
Cane’s guardians, Anna and Justin Carter, put together a list of memorable bucket list items which included a variety of fun activities, ranging from visiting parks (lots of parks) and taking a dog-friendly family vacation, to enjoying ice cream and an In & Out burger.
As word of Cane’s bucket list spread, local media picked up the story and in doing so, a few more of the items from the wish list were accomplished...including number 14, being featured on NBC DFW News, which in turn, helped to promote positive pit bull awareness, number 15 on the bucket list item, to Paw it forward, inspire humans to adopt more pibbles.
Doga - Redefining Healing
Fido may have fun playing Frisbee or taking long hikes, but in recent years new trends have been emerging with pet parents routinely pampering their dogs with Doga and more.
By Claudia Bensimoun
Today, non-traditional healing techniques for Fido are being combined with those of Western medicine. From transformative acupuncture to pampering massage, physical therapy and Doga, the main focus is bringing Fido back to health the natural way, all the while ensuring bonding between pet parent and pooch. There’s another big bonus too: lots of socialization. Even those with dogs that may seem shy benefit from being around different people and dogs.
“We can’t forget that dogs are our best friends. That whatever we do with them just makes life better. And even though yoga is blissful and fun, it is still hard for so many to take the time to actually just get on the mat and flow,” says Jacksonville yoga instructor Suzi Teitelman. “When we bring Fido along, it only takes the joy and love even farther, and for many kills two birds with one stone…spending time with your dog, and spending time with you.”
The pet parent-Doga bond is continuously being forged throughout the U.S. “Doga has all the traditional benefits that yoga comes with…moving meditation, physical flexibility, strength and energy…increased joy and peacefulness. The benefits are hard to stop listing. Doga is one of the most tangible forms of finding contentment, happiness and relaxation. When you get to touch and hug and stretch on your dog while you both do yoga, this is as truthful and pure a moment most dog lovers and dogis will find,” explains Teitelman.
Dogs Take on War with Rhino Poachers in Africa
Deep in the African veld there is a desperate struggle to put an end to rampant poaching.
By Claudia Bensimoun
More than 1000 rhinos were illegally massacred in South Africa in 2014. ‘Triple-role’ sniffer dogs that are trained as anti-poaching dogs, together with their handlers, who are often wildlife conservationists, are trying to save some of the world’s most endangered species at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The increasing demand in Asia for rhino horn and elephant tusks are responsible for these massacres.
In Kenya, thanks to White Paw Limited and the deployment of wildlife sniffer dogs, approximately 35 animals were lost last year, or 3% of the population. “We have done quite well to curb poaching, but it has come at a huge cost in terms of manpower and resources. Kenya has also been really successful at curbing poaching of elephants, and is leading the way in Africa on this,” explains Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya. Today Ol Pejeta Conservancy strives to protect all endangered species in Kenya. Situated between the foothills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya, this non-profit wildlife conservancy supports endangered species, tourism and community outreach. It is now the largest Black Rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and is also home to southern white rhino’s, and the critically endangered northern white rhino.
Meet Richard Vigne and Daryll Pleasants! White Paw Limited, a UK based company owned by Daryll Pleasance, whose goal is to develop ‘triple role dogs’ and ultimately put an end to poaching. Vigne adds, “These are animals with a variety of skills. Dogs are actually a new area for conservationists such as myself. We believe that properly trained and deployed dogs can act as a significant deterrent to poachers, as well as helping us to cut the costs of enforcing the security needed to protect rhinos and elephants across this part of Kenya.”
“Dogs are trained under the supervision of White Paw Limited, a UK based company owned by Daryll Pleasance. We aim to develop so-called ‘triple role dogs’—these are animals with a variety of skills including trackers, search (ivory, rhino horn, ammunition, explosives,) patrol and assault,” explains Pleasance. The Black Rhino is extremely endangered, and conservationists are doing all they can to protect these ‘valuable’ animals from extinction.
Dog Meat Trade in Korea
In South Korea, dogs are sourced from farms where they are bred and raised for their meat, contributing to an industry estimated to be worth two billion USD each year.
By Claudia Bensimoun
“Whilst some small-scale dog farms exist in China and other countries in Asia, South Korea is the only country known to have established large intensive farming systems to supply the demand for dog meat. Data suggests that large-scale dog farming did not start in South Korea until the 1960s-1970s,” explains Lola Webber, Change For Animals Foundation (CFAF), Co-Founder, Programs Director, Bali.
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea is three years away. Today South Korea’s policy on dog meat farming is under visible scrutiny. Animal rights activists from the Humane Society International (HSI) and Change For Animals Foundation (CFAF) are committed to ending the cruel practice of mass dog slaughter in South Korea. HSI and CFAF are part of the four founding members of the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA) that have been working with the governments of Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to raise awareness of both human and animal health, as well as animal welfare concerns associated with the dog meat trade.
“The farms are not registered, so it is not known exactly how many farms exist. But there are hundreds, if not thousands of farms in South Korea. These range from small farms like the ones we worked with up to farms that reportedly have over a thousand dogs,” says Adam Parascandola, HSI. “We started working with a farmer who grew blueberries, but also kept a small number of dogs for breeding and sale to the dog meat market. He expressed interest in getting out of the dog meat business, and we helped provide a home for the dogs so he could convert his farm entirely to blueberries. This happened back in January, and 23 dogs were brought to the U.S. for rehoming. At this time there is very little pet adoption in Korea, and there was not the capacity to place these dogs for adoption there.”
In January 2015, Parascandola and members of HSI worked together with a South Korean farmer to convert his farm from dog meat to blueberry farming. This was an important first step arranged by HSI to negotiate a change among South Korean dog meat farmers.
Cover Girl Crystal Hefner
Crystal Hefner is an animal lover and an active and avid animal rights advocate who helps out wherever and whenever she can.
By publisher, Susan Sims
Not just another pretty face, Crystal Hefner regularly volunteers her time with the non-profit organization Pets 90210 and was picked to be on the 2014 Rose Parade float along with Brandon McMillan for the Beverly Hills Pet Foundation. Last year for Playboy’s Halloween party, Crystal auctioned off a pair of tickets to the event on CharityBuzz and donated the proceeds to the Argus Service Dog Foundation which gives dogs to disabled veterans (additionally, the group adopts rescues and trains them for the organization too). I recently had the chance to speak with Crystal about life at the Playboy Mansion with her dogs, Charlie and Lady.
FIDO Friendly » What is your earliest memory of your first pets growing up?
Crystal Hefner » My first pet was a Shih Tzu named Tasha. I loved her so much. I have always been a dog person, I am allergic to cats.
FF » How old were you?
CH » Nine. Before that I had hamsters and mice. I grew up in San Diego and went to the zoo a lot. I was always attracted to animals.
FF » Do you remember how long you had Tasha?
CH » She lived a long time. We had her her whole life.
FF » When and why did you determine to lend your celebrity status to help raise awareness for the plight of homeless pets?
CH » I think it was because we have a zoo at the Mansion. We get animals that have been abandoned by their owners. We have more exotic animals; we have monkeys that someone freed in our neighborhood. It’s awful. So we have taken them in and either found them homes or they just live at the Mansion with us. From that I opened by eyes a bit and started thinking about working with dogs and cats and working at the animal shelter. I work with Pets 90210 by going to their adoption events and help try and get their animals adopted. They have fun events; one is called Woofstock which gets a lot of attention.
FF » How fulfilling is it for you to be involved with the Argus Service Dog Foundation?
CH » We raised money for the Argus Service Dog Foundation. What he (Brandon McMillan) does is incredible. What he does is basically helping vets with PTSD and training dogs to help them (disabled vets) up the stairs.
Anya Was Adopted!
Photography by Randall Photography
Rescue Arizona Humane Society
The Arizona Humane Society (AHS) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1957 by compassionate volunteers. Today, that volunteer force has grown to more than 1,900 animal lovers who, along with our staff, donors and community partners, are critical to our mission of rescuing, healing, adopting and advocating for homeless, sick, injured and abused animals as we work to become the animal welfare community of the future.
Those efforts are made possible through our Second Chance Animal Hospital trauma center and our Emergency Animal Medical Technician (EAMTs) pet paramedics. AHS is committed to providing second chances to animals in need, while also keeping animals in their homes by offering affordable community services and a Pet Resource Center. azhumane.org
There’s Diamonds in Them Hills!
Arkansas: The natural state
By Greg Sims
Known as a Mecca for all things outdoor, its no wonder sports enthusiasts, cyclists, kayakers, fishermen, campers and RVers travel to Arkansas. No need to leave Fido at home as he is welcome in the great outdoors, too!
Lake Ouachita and DeGray Lake
There are two notable lakes: Lake Ouachita and DeGray Lake, both great for fishing, boating and water sports. Lake DeGray is known for large mouth bass and host to the Bass Master tournament each year. If you go be sure to take the guided lake sunset eagle tour with park ranger Jason Parrie, he is truly entertaining and should have his own reality show. DeGray Lake has a 94-room lodge and banquet hall. The state park has 110 campsites and the option of staying in a yurt. Fido is welcome in the campsites.
Lake Ouachita, named one of the cleanest lakes in America is perfect for house boating and to play and relax. The 900-acre Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa offers an enjoyable stay in one of their many cabins and has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and recognized as Best Resort in Arkansas by three of the state’s leading publications. Fido is welcome and even the luxury Harbor North Cottages are pet-friendly! Be sure to bring a puppy gate if you want to give your pet some wandering around room on the spacious desks. Mountain Harbor is very pet-friendly with many of the staff bringing their dogs with them to work.
An Oasis Within an Oasis
The Canyon Suites at the Phoenician spoils you and Fido.
By Susan Sims, publisher
Life just doesn’t get any better than this. The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician is on property with the large hotel, but is a world away in comfort and style. A true boutique hotel with private pool and staff where you are made to feel as if you are the only guests staying at the hotel and who are helpful without being overbearing.
The grounds are lovely and convenient to stroll with Fido and Fido is spoiled upon arrival with use of beds and bowls, bone shaped mat and given a fabulous natural Fido treat. And lest we forget; an in-room canine dining menu. For an additional fee, there are a variety of pet concierge services—a canine massage, private photo shoot, nighttime tuck-in service, and more. The new room service menu was created and prepared in-house by The Phoenician’s award-winning culinary team.
Bill of fare features such delectable selections as Puppy Poppers (grilled chicken bits in natural juices, $12); Slobbering Salmon (from Skuna Bay, served with brown rice, $15); Canine Casserole (turkey, carrots, green beans and brown rice, $14) and for dessert, Pawsickles (Greek yogurt, fruit and carrots, $6). Through a special partnership with the Arizona Humane Society, 10 percent of room service sales from the first year will be donated to the organization to aid homeless, ill and injured animals.
The 2015 Fido-Friendly Auto Buyer’s Guide
Low fuel prices and improved safety means it’s time for Fido to hit the road.
By Keith Turner
The recent plunge in gas prices combined with new, highly efficient automotive engines are bound to fuel an increasing wanderlust among Fido-friendly families who enjoy hitting the nation’s roads with their four-legged friends.
While new technologies in gasoline, hybrid and even fully electric engines are pushing fuel efficiency to new heights for 2015, automakers are also adding active and passive safety features designed to keep you and your family members sheltered and secure for the entire ride.
Three Dogs Going From Fat to Fit
Second annual weight loss challenge goes to the dogs.
New Year’s resolutions are not just for people and the following pups were chosen in January to take the weight loss challenge.
With the help of sponsors Animal Necessity, Amazing Treat Diet, Hyper-Pet, The Honest Kitchen, K-10+ Weight Control Formula, GoDogGo and Smart Cookee, These dogs will keep a weight loss diary posted on Facebook and twitter. Their big reveal will be showcased in our summer issue so please give them lots of moral support and encouragement through social media.
Meet our makeover mutts!
Schooner with pet guardian Sharon Gilbert, South Bend, Indiana. Schooner is a Vizsla. He is five years old. He has become a couch potato and it is time to get Schooner off the couch and slim down.
The reason I would like Schooner to take part in this program is to slim down because he is 30 pounds overweight. I want Schooner to be a healthy slim dog. Being on this program will help Schooner lose weight and get back in shape. Skipper would love to have his brother in shape so he can run and play with him in the backyard instead of pooping out! I know Schooner will feel much better if he lost his weight! Schooner needs help and does not want people to call him a chunky monkey or a fat Fido!
Schooner’s weight as of today 96.8 lbs. at the vet. He has lost two pounds since the last visit at the vet. Last weigh in was 98.8
When we walked in the door at the vet today the girl at the desk said “Schooner it looks like you a lost a little weight.” She said “I can tell!” She clapped for Schooner and was so proud! So was I!
The Cinnamon Snail
A vegan organic food truck taking New York one healthy serving at a time
Interview By Susan Sims, Publisher
What is The Cinnamon Snail you may ask? Simply stated, it is a vegan food truck serving healthy food to the denizens of New York and New Jersey, however, visit The Cinnamon Snail website and be instantly transported to an Alice in Wonderland like experience. The tag line: ‘Vegan Organic Food to Inspire Peace and Bliss’ exudes the 60’s vibe and current health and wellness journey for all those in tune with cruelty-free issues.
Buckle your seat belts and get ready for an energetic ride as we speak with owner and founder, Chef Adam Sobel.
FIDO Friendly » When did you choose a vegan lifestyle?
Adam Sobel » I became vegan 13 ½ years ago when my daughter was born. My wife had been vegan for about 14 years at that point, and I agreed ethically with her reasons for doing so. Having a child made me make the connections and decide to adopt this way of life. Going vegan has been one of the most empowering decisions I have made.
We should all be passionate about non-animal testing
By Claudia Bensimoun
One of the biggest challenges that consumers face is how to distinguish between cruelty-free products and ones that have been tested on animals. Adding to the frustration and confusion, when it comes to cruelty-free products are terms most commonly used such as “not tested on animals,” “greenwashing,” “vegan,” “organic” and “natural.” You may think that you’re purchasing a brand that’s cruelty-free, yet many of these “cruelty-free” brands have parent companies that test on animals, and indirectly support them. Being cruelty-free means that nothing from the product has been tested on animals, neither the ingredients, nor the product.
“As consumers, we all have the power to help put an end to animal testing. Every time you go shopping, it’s an opportunity to vote with your dollars. By purchasing products that are cruelty-free, you send a powerful message to corporations that can’t have your money as long as they test on animals. We ask everyone to please buy only from companies that have banned all tests on animals,” explains Amanda Nordstrom, Esq. Company Liaison, Beauty Without Bunnies, Office of the President, People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals. (PETA)
As a concerned consumer it’s necessary to study the product labels and confirm that nothing was made in China. China law requires that all products sold in China have to be tested on animals. “In the United States, tests on animals are permitted, but not required, for cosmetics,” says Nordstrom. To further complicate an already tricky labeling debate, if a product is selling in China like many of the larger cosmetic brands, you will know that your product has been tested on animals. People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), The Humane Society of the United States, (HSUS) and the National Anti-Vivisection Society, (NAVS) all have an updated list of cruelty-free products. An easy way to spot these products is to look for the Leaping Bunny logo.
John Paul DeJoria
The coolest guy on the planet.
Interview By Publisher, Susan Sims
John Paul DeJoria’s bio reads like a Dickens novel; once homeless, DeJoria rises to create his empire in the hair care sector with John Paul Mitchell Systems® and goes on to amass his fortune in diamonds, tequila, oil and the pet care industry.
Recently I had the opportunity to interview JP. Ok, I am taking the liberty in calling John Paul DeJoria by his initials after just one conversation. But seriously, the guy is so cool; I don’t think he will mind. Anyway, JP was in his private jet on his way to Dubai. Surprisingly, he had time to call me directly and we proceeded to have the most wonderful chat.
FIDO Friendly » When and why did you develop cruelty free products?
John Paul DeJoria » When I worked for REDKEN, they had a small room filled with marmoset monkeys that they used for testing. I wanted to take them outside for a walk feeling sorry they were in such an enclosed room. They wouldn’t let me.
I felt that if you make a shampoo or conditioner you should test it on your own head and face. So, when I started JPMS in 1980 I took a stand. Animal testing is not necessary when we can test our own products on ourselves. Many of our competitors really criticized us and we stuck by our beliefs and today many have changed their mind.
FF » How long before the industry followed your lead?
JP » The industry started following our lead in the 1990s. Not all, but some.
FF » To your knowledge, are there cosmetic companies still testing on animals and if so, what is your opinion about that?
JP » To the best of my knowledge there are and it’s completely unnecessary, waste of money, but more important, inhumane. Machines and science can do more now than ever before.
Historic German city in Gillespie County is a howling delight!
By Susan Sims, publisher
Put on your walking shoes, leash up your friendly Fido and head to Fredericksburg where 150 shops stand ready for your visit. Many shops are Fido-friendly and should your four- legged companion need a respite while you soldier on to boutiques and restaurants, simply saunter over to Dogologie where doggie products line the walls and where for an hourly rate, you can crate your furry companion at The Dog Pause.
Where else can you shop till you drop and when Fido is not allowed in a certain establishment have him cared for right in town? Located inside Dogologie, The Dog Pause offers an affordable place to safely leave your dog while you enjoy all that Hill Country has to offer. This is especially important should you wish to visit the National Museum of the Pacific War. The six-acre museum boasts interactive exhibits serving as reminders of the war with heart wrenching stories. Reservations at The Dog Pause are suggested for the weekends.
Flora and Fauna
You and Fido will love the eye candy over at Wild Seed Farms where you won’t forget to stop and smell the flowers. Beautiful rows upon rows of flowers grown on acres of open fields prompts you to visit the garden shop to purchase a little bit of Texas to take home and grow your own. Dine al fresco with Fido at Brewbonnet Biergarten and experience domestic beer and Texas wines with specialty food products and sandwiches.
Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
Four Seasons Resort And Residences Jackson Hole redefines “ski bum.”
By Nicholas Sveslosky, Editor
There are few locations with an atmosphere of luxury, skier’s edge, stellar views, top spa treatments, seclusion opportunity and a chummy socialization environment, and of course the Mangy Moose Bar. And it’s not surprising that one of the top ski resort hotels is at the number one US rated ski resort. Jackson Hole Wyoming has been touted the number one ski destination three years in a row from 2011-2013 by Forbes Magazine, and number one in 2013 and 2014 by Ski Magazine.
The awards for both Jackson Hole and the Four Seasons Resort And Residences Jackson Hole go on and on: Four Seasons Resort And Residences Jackson Hole received Top Honors from leading travel authorities AAA, as well as Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure in 2014, and have been the only five star and five diamond resort in Wyoming since 2006; and the town of Jackson, Wyoming was recently awarded the AFAR Experiential Travel Award for Best Domestic Destination in 2014. Basically, this is a great place to plan your ski vacation. And your petite pooch is welcome to tag along with you.
Fido’s Inner Zen
If you’ve ever wondered whether Fido needs a few more different activities, perhaps more relaxing, yet fun like doglates, doga, dog paddling, surfing or even canoeing, you may just be on the right track.
By Claudia Bensimoun
Today more and more dog lovers are using non-traditional healing techniques for mind and body in the forms of new canine exercises and sports. By focusing on what keeps Fido calm, focused and content, dog lovers can learn to appreciate the importance of keeping Fido Zen, or in the moment. Just ask these dog experts who are not only committed to keeping Fido happy, but for their quest in seeking out what really makes our furry best friends Zen.
According to dog toy expert, Nina Ottosson, Sweden, her dogs feel Zen when out hiking in the forest and picking wild mushrooms.“We love to be in the forest, there we walk, train, track and pick mushrooms. At home we play with my games that my dogs really love to do as well. This is our Zen to feel good. I think the most important for the dogs is to be with their family, and don´t leave them alone too long, because dogs are flock animals. Dogs need activities, and love to discover new things together with their owners, but this can be to go for walks in new areas with new smells, as well as training for new tricks,” says Nina Ottosson, Dog Activity Toys and Puzzle Games, Sweden.
“We know that dogs give us unconditional love. Return that love with love for your dog,” says Dr. Nicholas Dodman, BVMS, MRCVS, Tufts University “If a dog has all his basic needs met, combined with an entertaining environment such as interesting hiking trails, different woods to explore, good veterinary care, regular attention to health and wellness, regular feed times and his essential needs are being met, you’ll have a Zen dog,” explains Dr. Dodman. “A Zen dog is when every need is met. Dogs need to shake it up. Variety is the spice of life.”
Swiss Icon Barry
Rescue dog from the 1800’s receives recognition, and gets exhibition of his own.
By Deborah Stone
You may have heard of Barry der Menschenretter, as his fame is global. Over the years, poems and novels have been written about this legendary dog’s feats and movies have documented his prowess and courage. There’s even a monument to him that stands at the entrance of an elaborate pet cemetery outside of Paris. Regarded as the most well-known rescue animal in the world, Barry is also viewed as a symbol of Switzerland and a shining example of loyal help and service.
“Born in 1800 in the Hospice at the Great St. Bernard Pass, a charitable travelers’ shelter high in the Swiss Alps, Barry became a companion to local mountain guides, who helped those in need. Dogs such as Barry were originally of mixed breeds and their sturdy bodies, strength and excellent sense of direction were well-suited to the harsh and forbidding environment in which they worked. One of their most important tasks was to locate snow-covered paths and to break trails through deep snowdrifts. Upon discovering those travelers who had succumb to exhaustion and cold and become buried in the snow while attempting to cross the pass, the dogs would bark furiously to draw attention to these unfortunate souls. This special collaboration between man and dog proved to be extremely successful and over the next 200 years, more than 2,000 lives were saved within the region.
Of the dogs that assisted in this endeavor, Barry made an indelible impression on those who knew him. He was the most tireless helper and is credited with rescuing more than forty people from an icy death. After twelve years in the mountains, Barry left the Hospice. A monk took him to Bern, where he died peacefully at the ripe old age of fourteen. By then, he was already a household name to many. Subsequently, the head of the Hospice arranged for a taxidermy mount to be prepared for Barry’s posterity and put on display in the original Natural History Museum of Bern.
Brandon McMillan, TV host of the CBS weekly series, Lucky Dog, is passionate about rescue.
Interview By Publisher, Susan Sims
Brandon McMillan, host of the weekly CBS TV series, Lucky Dog, is passionate about rescue and concerned over the epidemic of pets being euthanized in shelters across the United States.
As a young boy who grew up with exotic animals like tigers and bears in the house, Brandon learned compassion and understanding of animals at an early age. He sat down with FIDO Friendly magazine publisher, Susan Sims recently to talk about the success of his TV series, training animals and his latest project to train service dogs for wounded veterans.
FIDO Friendly » Congratulations on Lucky Dog being picked up for its second season, are you surprised at the shows audience being so receptive?
Brandon McMillan » I am and I’m not. I’m surprised at how fast the show has gained steam and the overwhelming support I’ve gotten from people all over the world for my mission. Having said that it never ceases to amaze me how dog lovers come together and stick together so strongly for such a serious cause. This mission is my everything. I pour my heart, sweat and tears into it. I just want to represent shelter dogs the way they should be.
FF » What is your earliest memory of growing up with animals?
BM » I must have been two and my mother was feeding a baby tiger in one arm and she had me in the other. We were both her babies. We grew up together. I remember walking around the house when I was a little kid probably three years old and we would have baby tigers and bears walking around us. It was normal; it wasn’t a strange house. At first if you walked in there you would think it was like Ace Ventura; that was just the norm. We had a house full of exotic animals. You name it, my parents trained it.
FF » Did you think as a young person you were looking at any of these animals as pets or were you instructed otherwise?
BM » No, pretty bad idea to treat animals of that caliber as pets. Usually the people who treat a 300-pound cat as a pet, that’s who generally does not make it out alive. One of the first rules my parents taught me when I was young was know your animal and respect it. It didn’t matter if you were training a tiger or a Chihuahua, they always told me to understand the animal and how it works.
Journey back in time to the Hotel Del Coronado.
Thirty-Two years ago, my husband to be took me for a romantic holiday to the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California. Built in 1886, the historic hotel was a fine example of how a landmark can be restored and maintained by keeping the ‘bones’ of the building while offering new and modern conveniences.
Fast-forward to June this year and wowza, the grand lady looks fabulous and Fido is welcome to join you!
What was different? For starters, walking to the beach through the corridor where photos of the past adorn the wall, you will find the fun and Fido-friendly candy/dog shop Spreckles. Spreckles beckons you and Fido to step inside to enjoy the sights and smells and choose a yummy chocolate turtle for yourself and doggy cookies for your pal. This is also a great store to bring something back for Fido just in case he was not able to make the trip with you. Artwork of the stores black Lab namesake, Spreckles, adorns the walls along with fun photos of dogs just being dogs.
Walking with your leashed pal on the beach is a must and a few miles down the coast is the famed dog beach. Release the hounds and let them enjoy romping in the surf with other friendly Fido’s for as long as you like and as long as your dog’s stamina will allow.
Ski and Explore New Mexico
Luxury, great people, amazing culture and most importantly, dog gone fun!
Hidden from highways and byways, New Mexico had time to grow deep in its cultural roots before major transit brought tourists into this artist colony. Known for their artistic movements in sculpture and design, adobe style buildings, vast and talented Native American communities, a huge alternative healing and spiritual community, and the many shades of brown, New Mexico is a culturally rich destination for you and Fido to explore.
Whether it’s skiing some of the steepest terrain in North America in Taos, taking in the rows upon rows of art galleries in Santa Fe, or bonding with locals of Red River, there is something for everyone in New Mexico.
Just off the plane on your way to Santa Fe, and a little hungry? Head over to Body, an all vegan-organic health food restaurant, yoga and spa studio. Dogs are allowed and you can rent a private room or dine al fresco with Fido. The food is deliciously healthy, and though you may not be able to pronounce most of what is on the menu, you will, however, be taken through each item by the very friendly staff who are eager to see you healthfully satiated.
After your glow from this organic health food spa, it’s time to head to your first stop in Santa Fe. The town of Santa Fe is an artsy colony type of town that people drive thru and end up moving to. You’ll likely adopt adobe architecture and find out how many different shades of brown there really are!
There are a few hotels you and Fido will want to cool your heels at. Believe it or not, Santa Fe has one of the few Four Seasons Resorts that does not have a weight restriction for dog visitors. Perhaps that’s because they have large jet tubs in each room. Unfortunately, Fido will have to watch from the sidelines on that one, while you bliss out to candles and enchanting music. Don’t worry; there is plenty for you and Fido to explore at this resort.
Leashes and Lovers / Lesson number 19
A dog’s guide to “stay” in a relationship.
By Sheryl Matthys, The Dog Lovers Matchmaker
Dogs are amazing guides for us to learn how to sustain a relationship and they reveal that with three rules: A Blank Slate, Loyalty, and Compromise.
First, dogs live like every day is a Blank Slate—an opportunity to begin anew, and forgive and forget.
For instance, isn’t it amazing how your dog comes running to greet you every time you come home, no matter how you behaved toward your dog before you left? It’s as if the slate is always wiped clean and you have a fresh start with every entrance. Your dog is always delighted to see you and say, “Hi!”
Anne (a reporter/anchor), laughingly admits she’s a little envious of her husband’s diverted attention. “When it comes to the first kiss in the door when my husband comes home from work, he goes straight to Henry [their dog], and he gives Henry kisses first, so if anyone’s getting a little jealous in this family, it’s a little bit of me.”
FIDO Friendly Presents 25 Days of Gift Giveaways
On the first day of gift giving my human gave to me! The pupular 25 days of gift giving is back, where one lucky pup wins a prize each day of December! It’s easy to enter and luck of the draw if you win. Go to facebook.com/FIDOFriendlyMagazine and enter daily for your chance to win one of these Fido FABulous prizes!
Sixth annual month long pet adoption tour Get Your Licks on Route 66® spokesperson.
Interview by Publisher, Susan Sims
This year’s Get Your Licks on Route 66® Official Spokesperson is actress, best-selling author (Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math) and animal lover Danica McKellar. Danica, best known for her role as “Winnie Cooper” on The Wonder Years, was recently seen competing on Dancing With The Stars.
FIDO Friendly » What is the memory of your first dog growing up?
Danica McKellar » Growing up we had always had cats as pets…but then when I was about 13 we got a German Shepherd named Jarro—we pronounced it Yarro—he was actually from Germany, where he had been training as an attack dog.
We got him because during my time on The Wonder Years I’d been receiving threats from some disturbed funs. Jarro came to us as a very professionally trained all-business animal but it wasn’t long before he became a beloved family member and big bundle of love.
FF » How many pets did you share your home with?
DM » For the majority of my teenage years we had Jarro and our two cats Sabrina and Puffers. The cats were great, but of course very independent as cats are prone to be. Jarro was amazing; he obeyed every command but also somehow knew when you were upset and he would come right up to comfort you and not leave your side if you were having a bad day. He had these big brown eyes and he always seemed to be smiling.
From Russia with Love
For Medalist Gus Kenworthy and his friend Robin Macdonald, rescuing and re-homing abandoned strays from the streets of Sochi, Russia was all in a day’s work.
Back in early February, 2014, the world was shocked at the culling of stray dogs prior to the Winter Olympic Games. Sochi, like many places in Russia, is home to several thousand stray dogs. Olympic silver medalist, Gus Kenworthy, an American freestyle skier, AFP Overall World Champion for the 4th year in a row and avid animal lover from Telluride, Colorado, competing in slopestyle at the Winter Olympics was saddened by what he saw. Together with his friend, Robin Macdonald they pledged to bring some of the dogs back home. Kenworthy and Macdonald share some insights into why dog adoption plays an important role in their lives.
“I instantly fell in love with the dogs and felt that I needed to do anything I could to bring them back to the US with me. Luckily, my friend Robin Macdonald was in Russia with me and he was able to deal with the process of bringing them home,” explains Kenworthy. “A lot of the dogs that were rescued were brought back by members of the media, staff, spectators and coaches in addition to the athletes. The Sochi strays got a ton of attention because the whole ordeal was taking place during the Olympic Games. I would definitely encourage anybody to rescue an animal whenever they get an opportunity, whether that’s while they are traveling, or just rescuing a pet from their local shelter.”
The Benefits of Canine Retreats
Top Dog Sports Camps—Where Fido can be the camp champ.
For dog lovers dreaming of their own perfect pet vacay with Fido, canine camps are guaranteed to capture every dog lover’s quest for adventure. With so many stimulating canine camps to choose from, you can work up a thirst hiking and participating in your favorite dog-related sports. Canine sports camps are committed to not only the perfection of all dog sports, but to giving back the fun that all pet parents should have with their dogs, in a way that is making a real difference. When you sign up for dog camp with your best friend, you’re both in for a fun time.
Hikes, agility, dock diving, nosework, herding, clicker training and plenty of other exciting activities for both you and Fido have been especially crafted so that no matter your energy level, everyone can enjoy their experience. Depending on both you and Fido’s level of fitness, age and health, you can choose to sign up for less strenuous activities, or just hang out and enjoy the beauty of the Montana landscape where Yellowstone Dog Sports is located.
Located near Red Lodge, Montana, Yellowstone Dog Camp offers canine massage, agility, swimming, dock diving and even nosework..
Psychology Leashes And Lovers
When you’ve had a bad day, your dog can sense your fatigue and apprehension.
Silence is more than just the lack of sound. In the right hands, silence can be salve for your wounds, a place for you to grow, a doorway to enlightenment, and even a classroom for those of us seeking stronger, longer human relationships. When sitting quietly with your dog for a few moments, you can practically feel your blood pressure go down.
And, it’s as if when you’ve had a bad day, your dog can sense your fatigue and apprehension. He may simply come and sit beside you, nuzzling his wet nose against your hand with no need for words, as if his presence is enough.
But how can silence help us communicate more effectively? After all, silence is the lack of communication, right? Wrong. Silence is merely the lack of sound. And if dogs can teach us anything, it’s that you don’t need sound to communicate.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
A Dog Lover’s Dream
Sometimes what makes a great Fido-friendly destination is an excellent location and what activities there are available to experience with your dog at and around the hotel. Other times, it may be the amenities and hotel staff going above and beyond to welcome you and your dog that make for a special destination. And on rare occasions, a destination excels at all of the above. Loews Coronado Bay Resort has it all!
FIDO Friendly was lucky enough to review the Loews Coronado Bay Resort several years ago. Pups and dog travelers alike will love the 28 million-dollar newly renovated digs at this resort. New bar, new rooms, new everything, but one thing true to the Loews Coronado resort remains the same, and that’s the Loews Loves Pets program.
Included in your stay are pet amenities of food dish and water bowl, complimentary clean up bags for Fido’s business and a flyer of the do’s and dont’s of the Loews Coronado Bay Resort pet rules. There are several relieving stations around the property, and a short walk to the gate will take you to a small grass area to run around for those Fido’s on voice command. Also included, is a list of Fido-friendly restaurants, groomers, daycare options, dog parks and veterinarian locations a short distance away from the hotel.
There is plenty to explore at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, which is situated within the seaside community of Coronado on Crown Isle, a private 15-acre peninsula. The resort is surrounded by water, with rooms offering views of its private marina, the Pacific Ocean, Coronado Bay Bridge and the San Diego skyline. The property is adjacent to the Coronado Cays residential community, four miles from downtown Coronado Village and 15 miles from San Diego International Airport and a short drive to some of San Diego’s world famous attractions.
Traveling With Fido In Thailand
Touring ancient Siam with a furry friend in tow
When I told friends that I planned to travel to Thailand with my dog they thought I was crazy. “But they eat dogs out there!” one pal shrieked in horror. Two months later, on a beautiful December day, my four-legged friend and I disembarked in bustling Bangkok, my drowsy pal was greeted with a welcoming pat at immigration and then we’re whizzing in a taxi to Sukhumvit. I had been concerned that I’d have problems getting in from the airport, but it was easy to find a taxi that would take me and my small dog, as long as she traveled in her crate.
Wanting to be right at the heart of this historic city with its fascinating mix of canals and temples, historic buildings and bustling markets, we stayed at The Plaza Athenee, a sumptuous haven with glittering chandeliers and an art deco staircase just a short stroll away from the city’s main sights. You’d think dogs would be disorientated in such a big, brash city, but Greek rescue dog Mavri very quickly had the measure of the Soi (soi means street) dogs and, as long as I kept her on a leash, we had no problems ambling along sidewalks or sitting out at cafes.
Most mornings I would head out to visit gems like the fabulous 18th century Grand Palace full of beautiful architecture and intricate carvings, or the city’s exotic and chaotic Chinatown, or I would hire a boat and explore the vivid fruit and food stalls of the Damnoen Saduak floating markets. Meanwhile my pet, who found those blistering, early morning pavements a bit too painful on her paws, lounged in the air conditioned luxury of our deluxe junior suite overlooking the pool.
Hike and bike and sip your way through Healdsburg, California.
Healdsburg is home to over 150 wineries, most are pet-friendly and considered one of the top ten wine destinations in the Country. This 1800’s town is often compared to Tuscany for its climate and rolling hills dotted with vineyards.
The northern California town offers great restaurants, shopping, wine tasting, antiquing and art galleries where Fido is welcome to explore right along with you. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, boating, canoeing and camping. Golf courses are also considered some of the best in the San Francisco Bay area.
Ride a bike
Wine Country Bikes offer various tours throughout Dry Creek, Russian River and Alexander valleys. This is also a fun way to visit the wineries. With Fido at doggy daycare, a sample ride can take you to Quivira Winery for your first wine tasting of the day. For another trip sans bikes, Fido can enjoy outdoor vistas on the estate. Next up, Lambert Bridge. Established in 1975, Lambert Bridge Winery is one of the oldest post-prohibition wineries in the Valley. After checking out the lighted barrel room, pedal over to Bella Vineyards and Wine cave. This is a unique experience with its year-round average temperature of 61F. The caves natural humidity of 55% allows for less evaporation of wine from the barrels and are environmentally friendly. Your well-behaved leashed Fido is welcome. And finally, Mauritson Winery. The Winery has been in the same family for six generations. Since 1868, the family has been growing grapes in the Dry Creek Valley and also welcomes Fido. Carrie Mauritson and resident labs, SoHo and Chelsea, are just as much a part of the team. They provide organic dog treats when you visit.
Love of the Sea
The Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island is a timeless San Diego Bay treasure.
The Kona Kai Resort and Marina is located at the very tip of Shelter Island in a relaxed yachting community surrounded by San Diego harbor, with sweeping views of San Diego Bay. Only minutes from downtown San Diego and the San Diego International Airport, Kona Kai is an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the nearby city. With water on all three sides, a private beach and a long paved walkway encircling the island, you and Fido will truly be able to enjoy the freedom that this resort has to offer.
Home to California’s only privately owned beach, guests at Kona Kai enjoy the sparkling blue waters of the San Diego Bay, white sand and gorgeous views of the Marina, all surrounded by 11 acres of lush gardens. Perched from its spot on Shelter Island, Kona Kai serves as the perfect launch pad for guests to enjoy nearby marine attractions such as the USS Midway Museum and Seaport Village.
Choose from one of the 129 guestrooms, or splurge and go for a suite. Your pack will know you’ve arrived in style, and complimentary water dishes and biscuits will have your dog wagging for what’s next. Newly renovated guestrooms feature pool and marina views with the deluxe guestroom boasting a private patio.
Start your day off right with breakfast in bed before you decide what activity to tackle. Just out the back of the hotel, there is a private marina where guests and their furry companions have a choice of different water activities, including stand up paddle boarding and kayaking.
Historic Door County Wisconsin is a Pet Paradise for Fido.
Let me begin by saying, I could live here. We’ve all been on vacation where the place and time spoke to us and it just ‘felt’ good. Well, Door County feels good! Known as the New England of the Midwest, Door County is one of Wisconsin’s most traveled destinations. It’s easy to see why as each tiny hamlet has a charm and history all its own.
Who can resist visiting towns with names such as Egg Harbor, Sister Bay, Sturgeon Bay, and Ephraim?
From lighthouses to an island once owned by a wealthy inventor, you can spend weeks here and still not see it all. And the best thing is, Door County is Fido-friendly.
Base camp for this trip was the Country House Resort located on 27 wooded acres. I stayed in the Carriage House over the garage and my room included a fabulous large Jacuzzi tub. The balcony was the perfect size for morning coffee and water view. The private shoreline just begs for a game of fetch and with an outside dog wash area, no need to worry about bringing back a dirty dog to your pet-friendly room. There is so much thought gone in to their pet amenities, they even provide sheets to cover the furniture if your Fido loves to make himself at home. There is so much to see and do in Door County however, it’s hard to break away from this resort surrounded by trails and places to picnic.
Rescue dog, Rupee becomes the first dog at Mount Everest Base Camp!
When Joanne Lefson, an animal rights crusader, and a former professional golfer rescued Rupee, he had minutes to live. Born and ‘raised’ on a hot, dry dumpsite in an Indian desert, Leh, Northern India, Rupee was on death’s doorstep. At five months of age, Rupee is hardly the picture of health. He is dehydrated and very thin. Rupee’s neighborhood is abundant with strays. There are no shelters here in Leh.
“In Leh, you cannot buy dog food and resources are incredibly scarce. Many people that have adopted a street dog, feed them the basic diet that they themselves eat, chappati, rice and dal-Laddaki food. His first veterinary visit was in Delhi where he got his full check-up and all the vaccines needed to fly to Nepal and back to South Africa,” explains Lefson.
Joanne and Rupee started off their journey on Expedition Mutt Everest in the Himalayan town of Lukla on October 12, 2013 with the intention of raising awareness for all homeless dogs and to promote adoption.
Healing While Paying it Forward
The John & Schoep effect—how one pay it forward event has changed lives forever.
The original intent of my famous John and Schoep photo was as a "pay it forward" gift to a man who loved his dog and thought his best friend was at the end of his long and happy life. It turned in to so much more than that.
Over the course of a few years, John and I had occasionally talked about doing a photo session, and on a sunny, hot afternoon in July of 2012, I took a photo of the two of them in the cool waters of Lake Superior. It was one of the most touching moments I have ever seen between two beings. People have often asked me if the photo was set up. It wasn't. The love between the two of them is not something you can create artificially. As a narrative photographer, I capture what is going on in front of me, without direction or interruption. I do not pose or say "look here" because it ruins the moment. Love at it's best is without interference by outside influences, and the John and Schoep photo is my greatest example of that. The session took less than 5 minutes, and in those 5 minutes, lives were changed forever.
One Million PIBBLE March
Rebecca Corry and her pibble, Angel will make history on May 3, 2014.
Rebecca Corry is a writer/actress/comedian, founder of the Stand Up For Pits Foundation, Inc. and organizer of the One Million PIBBLE March on Washington DC May 3, 2014. Rebecca has been traveling around the country for four years with her own precious Pibble rescue, Angel, raising money and awareness for selected non-profits who are dedicated to saving and rescuing Pit Bull Terriers. Stand Up For Pits has sold out in every city since the first Los Angeles show and continues to grow every year. Publisher Susan Sims sits down with Corry to talk about Stand Up For Pits and her upcoming historic endeavor, the first ever PIBBLE March on DC.
FIDO Friendly: Why are you taking on this huge task of organizing a march on Washington?
Rebecca Corry: I do everything I do to help save this beautiful breed, because of my precious Angel. Angel came into my life 5 1/2 years ago and changed everything. She had battery acid burns all over back, had been bred abused with horribly home cropped ears and sat in the LA South Central Shelter as a "leave alone" for over 2 months. Thank goodness, another angel, named Tomika Johnson saw the kindness Angel had and gave her a second chance. Angel lived her life at the hands of monsters yet had nothing but love to give. Having Angel has taught me so much. She has been and continues to be a gift in my life every moment of every day. So knowing what I know and seeing what I've seen, who would I be if I did nothing? It became clear to me early on that doing nothing was not an option. Pit Bull Terriers are innocent voiceless victims that need a voice and not just mine, they need all of us to be their voice. What is happening to this breed is a direct reflection of a broken society and that banning and throwing away the victim (Pit Bull Terriers or any "Pit Bull type dog") is not the answer. Fear based ignorance and discrimination enshrined in law goes against the very fiber of what our country was built on and will no longer be tolerated.
Jazzy Ann for adoption and over $1,500 in prizes for one lucky pack.
The Clatsop County Animal Control and Shelter in Warrenton, Oregon, provides care and protection for hundreds of dogs and cats along Oregon’s northern coast by finding new, loving homes for the county’s four-legged friends. The shelter strives to protect human and animal health, safety and welfare through law enforcement; promote responsible stewardship of animals through public education; and provide care, shelter and adoption for injured or homeless cats and dogs.
Yapping it up in a Yurt
In search of an adventure during the mundane weeks of “off-season” in the resort town where we reside, I decided to take my pups to an area of Colorado we had not yet explored: Colorado’s Western Slope Wine Country. I pinpointed a region called Garvin Mesa, which overlooks Paonia, a quaint Rocky Mountain town nestled half way between Aspen and Delta in western Colorado.
Being a wine enthusiast of both European and Californian wines, I was curious to discover what Colorado wineries had to offer, not to mention their rumored pet-friendly estates. Visions of my two enthusiastic Bernese Mountain Dogs romping merrily around a Vineyard whilst sampling a fine Cuvee, was more than I could imagine of an idyllic wine tasting experience.
To add to the adventure, I decided to book us into a pet-friendly Yurt recommended to us. A Yurt is traditionally a large round tent that the Nomads of Mongolia have used as transportable homes for centuries.
Out of Africa & Into Switzerland
Like so many of life’s firsts, a trip to Southern Africa’s most Fido–friendly hotels can be an inspiring respite from regular travel.
Eikendal Lodge, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Eikendal Lodge is nestled in between lush vineyards at the foot of the Helderberg near Stellenbosch, and offers every guest a chance to revitalize their senses with the idyllic vineyards.
Amenities: Pets are allowed on the wine estate, winery and restaurant, permitted they are on the leash at all times. There is plenty of room for running and hiking off leash.
Activities: Fly Fishing clinic on the farm, cellar tours daily, wine tasting at the Eikendal winery, several hiking, jogging trails that wind through their vineyards and swimming pool. Guests are invited to visit the cheetah cubs once a week at the Haas Veterinary Clinic on Eikendal Lodge.
Attractions: The Anatolian Shepherd Guarding Dog Project and the Cheetah Outreach Program are a few minutes away.
Komati Gorge Lodge Fly-Fishing & Wildlife Reserve
Recognized by its majestic cliffs, winding river, thorn bushveld and Highveld grasslands, it is less than three hours from Johannesburg on the Drakensberg Escarpment. Here you can enjoy modern accommodations with breathtaking scenes of natural beauty and wildlife.
Does this Collar Make Me Look Fat?
Obesity is defined as an excess of body fat that is likely to result in health issues or problems with body functioning. Obesity in pets is associated with joint problems, diabetes mellitus, respiratory compromise, and possibly a decreased life span. Obesity in dogs is most commonly caused by excessive food intake in combination with lack of physical activity. According to a 2012 study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 52.5 percent of dogs (approximately 36.7 million) in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. That means, one out of every two dogs in this country has a weight issue.
These facts have definitely been especially worrisome for veterinarian and author Dr.Ernie Ward of Calabash, North Carolina. In 2005, Dr. Ward founded the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (PetObesityPrevention.com) to help raise awareness on the dangers of excess weight in dogs and cats. Dr. Ward also wrote a book about his concerns with Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter- A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives.
According to Dr. Ward, dogs are overweight for the same reason people are overweight…
Night of the Black Stallion
Claire dashed out from under the warm down sleeping bag waking me with a jolt. A full moon flashed like a beacon on and off as broken troublesome dark clouds sprinted across a rebellious looking sky. The calm sedate evening that I had gone to sleep with was now replaced with belligerent winds whipping a layer of dust and dirt over my face. A few feet to my right Claire’s braced rigid stance and barking turned into snarling rage. Flaring rows of clean sharp teeth appeared, letting me know we had trouble. But not until I heard the wild high-pitched squeal from the hollow distance did I know what was happening.
The flywheel on the ancient windmill behind us convulsed with dizzying speed spitting out water into an overflowing small round tank held together by rusty corrugated steel. The year was 2006, and I was 2000 miles into a 5000-mile single horse long-ride. As we crossed the high desert of NW New Mexico, Claire and I slept with no tent. I slept in my clothes and quickly slipped on my headlamp, grabbed for my boots, and yelled, "Claire NO. NO, Claire. Stay!"
Daytime Dudes and their Dogs
Publisher Susan Sims sits down with three daytime TV actors to dish dog.
My secret is out; I have been watching The Young & The Restless (Y&R) for the past 30 years. My long time and dearest friend, Debbie McGinn, suggested I watch this soap while recovering from surgery. I was on bed rest and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Having never watched a soap opera before, I chuckled when hearing of other ladies having to get home to ‘watch their stories.’ Fast forward and well, I am one of those ladies. Thank goodness for today’s technology, I set my DVR and can have a regular Y&R soap-fest any day of the week, or wait to catch up over the weekend.
This preface is only to say why I was delighted to hear from the publicist for Y&R about a feature covering a few of the actor’s in the award winning TV show. Three of the shows heartthrobs are here to ‘dish’ about their furry companions and what they have learned from their dogs.
Billy Miller aka Billy Abbott
Billy Miller was raised in the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie, Texas and subsequently attended the University of Texas, Austin where he received a degree from the school’s prestigious film department. Miller has been a consistent presence on screen since he began his acting career following a dare from friends and joined the cast of The Young & The Restless in September 2008 as ‘Billy Abbott’…
Two puppies for adoption and over $1,100 in prizes for one lucky pack.
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) provides animal adoption and community programs to the northern Virginia and D.C. metropolitan area, as well as animal rescue and control services within Arlington County. For more nearly 70 years AWLA has remained committed to its mission to improve the lives of animals through sheltering, community services and humane education. Over 3,000 companion animals benefit from the League each year with 92 percent of sheltered animals in 2012 either being placed for adoption, reunited with their owner, or transferred to one of many of AWLA’s network of rescue and rehabilitation partners. awla.org
Hot Springs: This Historic Spa Town Rejuvenates Fido and Family
Bathhouse Row, mountain trails and gardens lift the spirits
In Hot Springs, Arkansas, the watering stations are geared to humans, who can fill all of the bottles and bowls they desire without paying a dime.
Each day, nearly a million gallons of 143-degree water flow from 47 springs on the west slope of Hot Springs Mountain. The waters originate from 4,400-year-old rainfall that percolated into the earth, bubbling back up fortified with revitalizing minerals. For centuries, Native American peoples such as the Quapaw came to the “Valley of the Vapors” to bath in the thermal waters before Spanish explorers led by Hernando de Soto discovered their peaceful haven.
In 1914, convinced the town’s waters cured his Civil War injuries, Colonel Samuel Fordyce erected the opulent Renaissance Revival-style spa that still bears his name. To this day, many “take the waters” to treat headaches, arthritis, hypertension, skin disorders, lung diseases and even depression.
Picking Pet Insurance
Pet health insurance is on the rise as dogs move from being “just pets” to members of our family. But how do you know which policy is best? A well-meaning dog owner could spend days researching just to end up with a monthly bill for a policy that does not cover their dog’s genetic disorders or the injury they suffered doing agility. We researched four of the biggest companies for you so you can get back to the thing you love most—spending time with your dog.
On the Mother Road, Again
FIDO Friendly magazine is heading out for fifth annual pet adoption tour.
We are gearing up for our 5th annual month long pet adoption tour: Get Your Licks on Route 66®! We travel an entire month from LA to Chicago, stopping at shelters to support adoption. Ford is once again our car sponsor and you might just see us in their F150 covered in sponsor logos traveling down America’s Favorite Highway stopping at shelters along the way to support adoption events.
Let’s take a look back at last year’s tour to share some of the fun and excitement of places we visited along with accommodations and doggy daycare. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Date: October 5, 2012
Place: Riverside, California
Shelter: Riverside County Animal Control; rcdas.org
FIDO Friendly editor at large and author Arden Moore was on hand to sign books at the Riverside County Animal Control shelter event. It was a busy day with many pet adoptions and on a sad note; I noticed a young family with a beautiful German Sheppard waiting for the facility to open to surrender their dog. I inquired as to why and was told ‘he is a bad dog.’ Pressing further, I discovered this ‘bad dog’ had torn a hole in their screen. Asking about the dog’s demeanor, the pet guardian confided that the dog got along great with people, pets and kids. Another reminder about the importance of education needed so people understand the commitment they are making when adopting an animal.
Nominated actress and animal lover Ashley Bell is the 2013 official spokesperson for the 5th annual month long pet adoption tour: Get Your Licks on Route 66®.
Growing up in a vegetarian household surrounded by pets, it is little wonder that Ashley grew up to be a compassionate spokesperson for all animals. She sat down with FIDO Friendly publisher Susan Sims to talk about all things dog along with her documentary, Love and Bananas.
FIDO Friendly: We were so happy that you were able to lend your celebrity status to this years life saving tour and sorry that your dog Honor, who is featured with you on the Fall cover had passed away after the photo shoot.
Ashley Bell: It’s so great to talk with you and such an honor to be part of this magazine and everything and especially have that photo shoot with Honor. Honor passed away a little bit after that and its such a beautiful reminder, a keepsake for my family and I to have that, to have her smile, its so important and meaningful to me, so thank you.
In Tune with Katrina Parker
Before Parker had the opportunity to share her voice with the nation, a health issue forced her to take a two-year break from music. Following her recovery, a friend convinced Parker to attend a private L.A. audition for season 2 of NBC’s hit show The Voice. She gained a spot on Team Adam led by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and talks with FIDO Friendly on how that experience changed her life.
FIDO Friendly: How have things changed for you as an artist since being on season 2 of The Voice?
Katrina Parker: Wow, how hasn’t it changed me? For me it wasn’t just something that gave me exposure, I think that it has transformed me in a lot of ways. Everything about it was out of my comfort zone, and everything was a challenge. Doing the show was so hard and such a challenge for me personally and professionally and it really changed me, it showed me that like the plants that only get as big as the pots they are planted in, you have to put yourself in to a bigger pot.
Salty Dog Coast
Bring your appetite for oysters and bring Fido for seaside fun to Franklin County, Florida
With names like Apalachicola, St. George Island, Eastpoint, Carrabelle and Alligator Point making up city destinations for you and Fido to explore, you can set your watch to ‘island time’ and jump right in with the locals for a howling good time.
She sells seashells down by the seashore
If shelling were a vocation, I would make a pretty good ‘shell seeker.’ On St. George Island, a 22-mile barrier island, pristine pet-friendly beaches offer up clear gulf waters for swimming, kayaking and the preverbal game of fetch with Fido. The shells are in abundance here and you can become quite picky as I soon found out by realizing my first ‘batch’ of shells needed to be tossed to make room for the more glorious shells.
5500 and Counting
Making America a no-kill nation, one painting at a time
Those of us involved in rescue try and do our part. We may volunteer our time at the local shelter, take pets to a venue for adoption day, foster a rescue and of course, adopt our dogs from a shelter.
But what if one day an idea began to form; an idea that you could do more? Two people, Mark Barone and Marina Dervan had such an idea and this is their story.
Successful artist Mark Barone is painting 5500 portraits of dogs who have been killed in shelters. Eventually, these works of art will be housed in a museum to help bring about social change and with the goal of raising twenty million dollars. One hundred percent of the monies raised will be donated to no-kill shelters, rescue and foster groups, towards medical needs, spay and neuter costs, rehabilitation programs and marketing campaigns for education.
Stay in the Present Moment with Doga
Fido and you can stretch your way to peace and tranquility.
Daily exercise and brain health go together. Just thirty minutes of Doga can reduce depression and stress in both humans and dogs. Dogs participating in a class of Doga experience a profound sense of bonding with their humans and mental wellness. Doga combines meditation, gentle stretching and massage for dogs and their pet parents alike.
At Morris K9 Campus, Robin Lash (CPDT-KA) teaches this class in tandem to make sure that these human-canine teams leave with their needs fulfilled. “Team teaching is something that has set us apart from other Doga classes. Our Doga classes are super pro dog. Dogs are never used as props while we go through our human yoga sequence. Each pose our students practice with their dogs has a purpose and we avoid practicing anything that is unsafe or could be stressful for your dogs,” says Lash who has been teaching Doga for over four years at K-9 Connection. Robin’s training philosophy is to use positive motivation to build trust and understanding.
One puppy adopted just after this photo shoot and over $700 in prizes for one lucky pack.
Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community.
Reminiscent of a private coastal estate, host hotel for the photo shoot L'Auberge Del Mar is located in the heart of the picturesque village of Del Mar on 5.2 acres of gracefully landscaped grounds with a private pathway to the beach.
A Boy and His Dog
Wilfred Season 3 premieres June 20 on FX with back-to-back episodes.
Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Happy Feet) stars as “Ryan” and Jason Gann, who co-created and starred in the Australian series, plays the title character “Wilfred.” Series regulars also include Fiona Gubelmann as “Jenna,” Ryan’s beautiful neighbor and Wilfred’s owner, and Dorian Brown as “Kristen,” Ryan’s sister.
During filming the third season, Elijah Wood took some time to visit with publisher Susan Sims.
Chesterfield Palm Beach
A stylish destination that operates on island time
The Chesterfield Palm Beach is a small luxury boutique-styled hotel within walking of the shopping utopia of Worth Avenue, often referred to as the Rodeo Drive of Florida and an ideal destination for a postprandial stroll with your dog on a balmy night.
Because this hotel is considered “home” to many “swallows ”, namely returning guests escaping colder climate during the winter, many of the regular pooches that visit are greeted by name by the hotel’s very dogcentric staff.
Top Dog Cars for 2013
Automakers’ 2013 Fido friendly choices are real tail-waggers.
Our pups love to ride in the car with us wherever we go. But just like any family, we want to make sure that our four-legged loved ones are as safe and secure as everyone else. So it’s important to have a vehicle that provides enough room for dog crates and safety harnesses to keep Fido safe and secured.
This year, automakers are rolling out a long list of vehicles that should make us canine companions sit up and wag.
Here are a few of the finest models for Fido in 2013.
Two puppies ready for adoption and over $1,100 in prizes for one lucky pack.
The Abandoned Ones Animal Rescue (TAO) is an animal rescue group based in Fort Worth, Texas and founded by Judy Obregon. Obregon’s mission is to help those with no voice. Strays no one knows about, that are dumped and have to fend for themselves. She visits neighborhoods that are known dogfighting areas, and speaks to families and children about animal cruelty. Model dogs Paris and Blaze are healthy and beautiful seven month old dogs who were abandoned and left to die, without a source of food, water, or shelter. They required three weeks of hospitalization and major fund raising for their medical care.