Comedy Jam To Help Homeless Animals

If you’re heading to Las Vegas, NV this month and want to laugh and help a good cause, then buy a ticket to the Funny Bones Comedy Jam scheduled for February 19, 2012. A big line-up of well known comedians will entertain you for the night and it’s hosted by Sammy Shore.

The following performers are on the bill:

Louie Anderson
Zowie Bowie
Rick Fauguno
James Commolly
Vinnie Favorito
Hal Sparks
Geechy Guy
Doug Starks
George Wallace
Lynn Yafchak

The money raised from ticket sales goes to the Funny Bones Foundation which offers financial support for homeless animals at non-profit rescues in Clark County Nevada. The event starts at 3pm and tickets are $29.95. The Funny Bones Foundation was created by Dr. Matthew Brooks, Sammy Shore, and Suzanne Shore to help animal organizations that need aid for medical and surgical care of the homeless animals in their care. Financial resources for non-profits are limited during these bad economic times. Without the efforts of events like this some places would have closed or have to turn their animals over to county shelters.

For more information call 702-942-7777 or visit the website
www.funnybonesfoundation.com
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Dog Parks in Boston

Boston, Ma has some great dog parks for you and your canine buddy play and make new friends. It’s still cold out but if your pup is experiencing cabin fever, a trip to the park to run around might be in order. Just make sure your dog doesn’t get too cold and bring some water because the fountains may be turned off for winter.

Charlesgate Dog Run is located at Massachusetts Ave and Beacon St. It is near the Charles River and fenced so your pup can run around off leash while you take in the beautiful view of the river and esplanade. It’s not huge but it’s a great place to go and then take a walk along the esplanade or wander around Boston University’s campus. Don’t forget to bring bags to clean up after your pup, water for after play time, and maybe some treats to motivate your dog to come back to you and not run around when it’s time to go. The park is open till dusk and opens at 8am.

Medway Dog Park is over at Village St. and Cottage St. and is open at 6:30am on weekdays and 8am on weekends. It closes at dusk. The dog park is fenced and all dogs who go to Medway need to a dog park license. The license is to make sure that your dog is up to date with vaccines, is dog friendly, and has no history of dog aggression. The park has a few rules such as all dogs must be supervised, clean up after your dog, dogs must have ID collars, be spayed or neutered, and no children under the age of 12 are allowed. The town of Medford has some dog laws that the park must adhere to as well. For more information about Medway Dog Park, visit their website.

Carleton Court Dog Park in Boston, MACarleton Dog Park is located at Carleton St. and Holyoke St. and is open during daylight, closing at dusk. It’s a fenced dog park so your dog can run around off leash without worrying of running out of the park and is a great place to burn off some energy. Bring your own bags to clean up, water, and make sure to throw out all your garbage when you’re leaving. Your dog must be vaccinated and dog friendly and supervised at all times. Carleton Dog Park is within walking distance of the Prudential Center and the ground seems to be a converted tennis court. It’s cushy and good for the joints of dogs romping around. There are even some toys for your dog to play with just remember to put them back when you’re leaving.

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Pet Events for February 4, 2012

There are a lot of events being planned for the month of February in different cities. The first weekend of February is packed with events alone! If you’re near any of these cities, consider checking out one of the following and bring the family:

Dog Bowl is a free event being held on February 4, 2012 from 10am to 3pm in Hollywood, Florida at Ty Park located at 3300 North Park Road. It’s an all day event where your dog can play games and win prizes. There will be bobbing for hot dogs, a race, and contests such as Best Dressed Dog and Owner/Dog Look Alike. If you have been working with your dog towards earning the Canine Good Citizen certificate and feel ready, you can sign up for the test and take it at Dog Bowl. There will also be vendors, rescue groups, and food for you and your pup. For more information call 954-646-3876.

If you’re in Santa Clara, Ca on February 4, 2012, go to the Bay Area Pet Expo! It’s free and runs from 10am to 6pm at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds Expo Hall located at 344 Tully Road. Aside from demonstrations of obedience, agility, and training for tv shows and movies, Shorty will be there. You know, Shorty from the show on Animal Planet, ‘Pit Boss.’ There will be over 200 exhibitors on hand, rescue groups, and vendors selling the latest and greatest pet products. If your pet is a bit of a ham, enter her in one of the contests that will be going on during the day like the costume contest, talent contest, and many others. Banfield Pet Hospital will also be there with over 300+ animals who are looking for forever homes. For more information call 855-PET-EXPO.

The 4th Annual Florida Week for the Animals starts on February 4th and runs till February 12, 2012. Animal World USA is sponsoring the week long event and it will promote and highlight the importance that animals play in our daily lives. The statewide event will strive to build awareness, celebrate pets, and bring together communities on behalf of animals. Educators, advocates, shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries, businesses, and many more are planning community activities such as pet adoption festivals, wildlife activities, educational events, pet fairs, and other events. The week is a unique opportunity to change the life of a homeless pet, learn how deeply intertwined we are to our environment, and what we can do to preserve, promote, and help all animals. For more information call 877-454-0807 or visit the website at http://floridaanimals.org.

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Beer for Dogs

Sometimes your human friends are too busy to hang out or they get too nutty after a few drinks and watching some sports. Well, you have another friend that you can go out with who is a good wingman, won’t get too loud, and will happily let you buy him some food, your dog! The Branding Villa in South Gosforth, Newcastle now has a pet-friendly menu.

They offer a beer for dogs that is made from hops, malts, and a meat extract. Aside from some drink, your dog can also have some dinner that is covered in what they call, “cat flavored gravy.” So far it’s been a big hit! The beer is non-alcoholic and tastes like meat from the patrons who have tried it before giving it to their pups. There aren’t many pubs where you can bring your dog without having to sit outside. Branding Villa lets your dog sit inside with you, watch the game, and share the day with your best buddy.

The dog friendly menu includes items such as Chicken a la Franc (a dog version of chicken chasseur), a dessert menu, and a dentastix to keep those teeth clean and white. Dave Carr, the manager of the pub, said his dog doesn’t like the beer but everyone else’s dogs love it. He says that a dog friendly pub is the way it should be, with wooden floors and a dog laying in front of fire.

Sharing an evening with your pup can be really relaxing and being able to take her to a place where you can socialize, she might make a friend, and everyone goes home fed and happy is always a win. If you’re near South Gosworth, check out Branding Villa and don’t forget, bring your dog.

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Pet Friendly Getaways in California

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway to either get out of the cold or are itching to bust out that snowboard, there are plenty of great pet-friendly places in California to stay. When traveling with your pet, make sure to bring a pet emergency kit, updated ID tags, food, a few toys, and a copy of your pet’s vaccines. Many guest houses and hotels have policies that ask that your dog be fully vaccinated, friendly, and well-behaved. Also, don’t forget to clean up after your dog when taking her for a walk or hike.

Tahoma Bed and Breakfast is in Tahoma California and is a great place for summer or winter. It is located at 6821 West Lake Blvd. You can go snow shoeing and skiing during the winter and relax in a hot tub afterwards. In the summer, enjoy kayaking, hiking, fishing, and biking the mountain trails. When making a reservation, mention that you have a pet. There is a pet fee of $20 a night and they ask that your pet not be left alone in the cottages unless they are crated. All pets receive a welcome basket that has some treats and poop bags. There are plenty of fun trails to hike on with your pup and after 6pm your dog is allowed to run around on the beachfront. For more information visit their website http://www.tahomameadows.com/ or call 530-525-1553.

Pine Haven Cabin is a great place to stay and let your dog run around in Julian, Ca. at 2802 Three Peaks Lane. It’s a cabin that is surrounded and fenced in on 1.25 acres of land. Your dog can run around off leash, enjoy the mountain getaway, and then nap in front of a fireplace when the day is over. The owners are dog crazy and welcome guests with their furry friends with open arms. They ask that your dog be full vaccinated, well-behaved, and there is a $40 pet fee. Your dog will love the open space and may find some of the hidden toys that are around the area. It can be a great, safe, trip for everyone. For more information visit their website at http://www.pinehavencabin.com/index.htm or call 760-726-9888.

Cambria Shores Inn can be found at 6276 Moonstone Beach Drive in Cambria, Ca. and is one of the most pet friendly getaways around. They have a VIP program for your pup that includes a welcome basket of treats and a cover that you can put on the bed so your furry buddy can sleep on there without shedding on the covers. It’s close to the beach and they have a list of pet friendly restaurants for you so you don’t have to leave Max at home. The rooms are kept clean, the staff is friendly, and they love dogs. When you make your reservations make sure to let them know you’re bring your buddy. There is an additional pet fee and you may want to see if they have any seasonal package deals depending on the time of your vacation. For more information visit their website http://cambriashores.com/.

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January Pet Events

Whew the holidays are over and it’s time to take down the decorations and throw out that tree. If you’re looking for things to do with your pup that are fun, educational, and strengthen the bond between you and her, check some of the events happening around the country. It’ll keep you both out of the cold weather and will be enjoyable for everyone.

If you live near Hollywood, Florida and have always been curious about how dogs and their owners learn how to dance, then head to the Canine Musical Freestyle Seminar at the VFW Post located at 814 S Dixie Hwy on January 14 and 15. The seminar is from 9am to 4pm both days and it’s $125 for the two day workshop. You’ll learn if the music selection is right for your dog, the ins and outs of freestyle, how to make the rewards truly rewarding, and composing routines among more. There is a 15 person/dog team limit and you must call first before attending. For info or reservations call 954-829-3274.

The Woof Gang Bakery is opening on January 14, 2012 and is celebrating their grand opening by giving a gift of free treats for a year to the first 20 dogs who walk through the door! The bakery will start their first day at 9am and they are excited. It’s a natural and health food store for your pets with wheat-free and grain-free foods and treats as well as hypo-allergenic options and collars and leashes for sale. Check out the new shop located at 4421 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, North Carolina in the North Hills Shopping Center. They are opening next to the Panera food shop and Bonefish Grill. Woof Gang also offers full service and self-service bathing for your pups. So if you’re ever in need of washing all that mud and grit off your dog after a morning at the dog park, this is the place to go!

Does your dog love hockey as much as you do? Then bring her to the game on January 15. Pucks and Paws is being held at the DCU Center at 50 Foster Street in Worcester, MA from 3pm to 7pm. Watch the Worcester Sharks play Syracuse and enjoy a night with your pup and other dog lovers. To buy tickets call 508-929-0500.

In Del Mar, California there is a 5K course that you and you dog can walk, run, and wag your way around that benefits the Petco Foundation. It’s on January 15, 2012 and starts at 8am. Admission and sign up is $19 or if you feel like donating more, they’d love it. The event will have a 5K oe 1 mile course and also events throughout the day along with a pet fitness expo for you to participate in and learn how to improve the health of your pet and yourself. For more information call 760-635-1795.

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Pet Friendly Hotels in Portland, Or

Need help deciding where to stay in Portland, Or? There are several pet friendly hotels in Portland located in fun areas. Don’t forget to take a walk along the waterfront and across one of the many bridges that stretch across the Willamette River. Your dog may love hanging out at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub or a long hike around Mt. Tabor or Washington Park. But when it’s time to nap, rest, and crash from an exciting day one of these places may be the perfect home away from home for you and your furry buddy.

The Jupiter Hotel is a fun hotel located on the east side of Portland and is next door to Doug Fir, a restaurant and music venue. It has 81 rooms and each of them is pet friendly, has a huge mural on the wall (one has a Buddha and another has Marilyn Monroe), and the furniture looks like it has come from Ikea. It’s a great place to stay if you’re looking to be near lots of clubs, bars, and funky shops. Up to two pets are allowed for an additional fee of $30 a night per pet. Your pet will have a pet bed to sleep on, a welcome basket, and doggie bags for cleanup while on a walk taking in the vibe of the east side. The Jupiter Hotel is located at 800 East Burnside Street and rates start at $90 a night. For more information call 503-230-9200 or visit their website at http://www.jupiterhotel.com.

The Heathman Hotel is located downtown at 1001 Southwest Broadway and allows up to two pets per room for an additional fee of $35 a night. It’s an elegant hotel down in the shopping and arts district of Portland. There’s a gym on site, plenty of avenues to stroll around, theaters, museums, and not too far from the MAX train. The pet who stay here are welcomed with a goodie bag, a walking tour map for you and your buddy, and a choice of a tempurpedic, featherbed, or pillowtop bed for your pet to snooze on. They also have complimentary vouchers for a pet exam at Banfield Pet Hospital. For more information call 503-241-4100.

Hotel Lucia is also located downtown at 400 Southwest Broadway and allows up to two dogs for an additional fee of $45 a day for the first pet and $22 for the second pet. They offer a fluffy pet bed for your friend and treats. The rooms are luxurious and have a very modern and unique design. If you’re looking to be in the heart of downtown, steps away from shopping, nightlife, and arts, then Lucia might be the place to stay. When you make your reservation, be sure to mention that you will be arriving with a pet. They ask that all pets be up to date with vaccines, friendly, and housebroken. For more information call 503-225-1717 or check out their website: http://www.hotellucia.com.

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Doggie Daycares in NYC

Brrrrr! It was 50 degrees last week in New York City but today it’s dropped to 20 degrees. What’s a dog to do? There’s energy to burn and things to pee on but, oh my dog, is it cold out there! The sidewalks feel like ice and the dog parks are empty. Why not enroll your pup in a doggie daycare? There are so many daycare facilities in New York City where your pet can make new friends and run around in the safety of a climate controlled building, get some TLC, and come home tired and happy.

Here’s a few that we’ve found:

Playground Pups is located at 664 Amsterdam Ave in Manhattan over by 92nd street on the upper west side and is open Mon thru Fri from 7:30am to 7:30pm. They offer daycare, boarding, grooming, and training. It’s known as the “neighborhood hangout for your dog” and has a small boutique of handmade clothing so you can pick up a sweater on the way home for your pup. Your dog will play, snooze, wrestle with other dogs, and be safe. The play areas are divided by size and energy level to make sure no dog is intimidated or overwhelmed by others who are more boisterous and rowdy. All dogs that are in their care must be up to date with vaccines and on flea and tick preventative. To enroll your dog, give them a call at 212-362-5221 or email them at [email protected].

Spot is a daycare and boarding facility located downtown in Manhattan at 21 Murray St. You can walk your dog on your way to work and then drop him off for a fun filled day with his buddies. The staff is trained to supervise and watch for signals that all dogs are getting along well and also to help reduce and redirect stress into play energy. It has an outdoor facility as well as indoor and you can log in and watch your dog play with their state of the art webcams. To get more information and enroll your dog with them call 212-374-6900 or visit their website: http://thespotexperience.com.

D is for Doggy is open Mon thru Fri from 7:30am to 9pm and Sat and Sun from 9am to 9pm for daycare. They are located at 156 W 22nd st between 6th and 7th ave in Manhattan and can be contacted by calling 212-633-0040. Their daycare is clean, safe, and fun. The staff are trained in emergency care and doggie body language. They even have a vet on call in case a dog gets injured playing too rough. You can bring your dog a snack that they will feed him and offer boarding which is cage-free and monitored by staff 24 hours a day. They have 3 rooms that divided by size and energy level to make sure everyone enjoys their day at D is for Doggy. If you have been thinking of enrolling for training classes to enhance the bond between you and your dog, D is for Doggy has a few courses from basic obedience to private one on one sessions. Visit their website to learn more about them: http://www.disfordoggy.com/index.php.

Dog Parks in Las Vegas

If you’ve just moved to Las Vegas, Nevada or passing through with your best friend don’t forget to check out some of the casinos and places to eat. But, more importantly, don’t forget to let your dog burn off some energy. Spending a few hours in a crate or in the hotel room can mean that your pup might be bored or nap while you’re out. Take her for a walk, jog, and give her some TLC. If she’s itching to romp, there are several dog parks in Las Vegas where she can run around and make some new friends. Always bring a bag to clean up after her and make sure she has all her ID tags on her collar.

Acacia Dog Park is located in Henderson, NV at South Gibson Road and Las Palmas Entrada. It’s open from 7am to 10pm and dogs are allowed off leash in the dog run. In other parts of the park, your dog must be on leash. They ask that you don’t allow your dog to dig holes and to clean up after you dog. It’s not a huge dog run but it’s a well-maintained run and there are plenty of friendly dogs that call this run their second home.

All American Dog Park is at 121 East Sunset Road in Las Vegas and is located inside of a 45 acre community park that you can hike around with your pup before or after a game of fetch and frisbee in the dog run. The dog run is fenced in so your pup can run off leash. They ask that your dog be sociable, up to date on vaccines, and under control of the owner at all times. This helps to avoid tension between dogs, jumping up or bugging other owners, and helps keep everything peaceful. When your dog is not in the dog run, please keep her on leash. There are a few grills, picnic tables, and huge grass fields where you can spend an afternoon hanging out and relaxing. Don’t forget to bring a snack and some water for your pup so she isn’t starving and thirsty after making new friends in the dog park.

Barkin’ Basin Dog Park is in Wayne Bunker Park at Alexander Road and Tenaya Way. It is a 7.75 acre park that has 3 fenced in dog runs. One is for smaller dogs or low energy dogs, one is for bigger dogs, and one is for older or shyer dogs. If your dog is a bit shy when meeting new dogs, one of the other 2 fenced areas might be great to get her used to the smells, energy levels, and layout of the runs and also make your trip more enjoyable. There are also benches, lights, drinking fountains, and water spigots. Your dog must be leashed when she’s not in the designated dog runs.

Desert Breeze Dog Run is located at 8425 West Spring Mountain Road in Las Vegas and is fully fenced in with benches, trash cans, and water. There are 3 dog runs available here as well so you and your dog can find the one that best fits her energy level and social level. The park is located about 5 miles west of downtown Las Vegas and is surrounded by the Desert Breeze County Park. After some running and fun has been had, take a stroll through the park. There are paths for jogging, a skate park, and lots of fields where you can watch people playing soccer, tennis, and a playground. The dog park is open everyday from 6am to 11pm. Don’t forget to bring a bag to clean up after your dog.

Molasky Park has a dog run that is fenced in and open from 6am to 11pm. It’s located at 1065 East Twain Ave in Las Vegas and has trash cans and a water fountain. Bring a bag to clean up after your dog and keep your dog leashed when not in the fenced off areas. This park has 3 dog runs and if you need to potty, there are portable restrooms available nearby. Bring a bowl for your dog to drink some water out of after she’s done playing and don’t worry about getting too much sun, there are shaded areas under trees and a gazebo to hang out under.

Pet Friendly Places To Stay In Asheville, NC

Asheville is the largest city in western North Carolina and is home to the US Climatic Data Center. If you’re heading to Asheville, be sure to check out the downtown area for shopping and the eclectic street musicians and entertainment. Bring your pup too because there are some great places to stay that are pet friendly.

Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast Inn is located at 46 Cumberland Circle and has rooms that start at $165 a night plus a pet fee of $15 a night. They do not have a weight, size, or breed restriction but do require that your dog be up-to-date with vaccines and friendly. So don’t forget to bring a copy of the dates of your pet’s last vaccines with you. When you make the reservation let them know that you’ll be bringing your dog. This inn has been around since 199s and has 8 suites that come with LCD tvs, queen or king sized beds, and has a beautiful garden for you to walk around and explore. It’s also a short drive to the national parks and south of Asheville Biltmore College. To reserve a room please call: 1-800-251-2454 or visit their website: http://www.abbingtongreen.com/.

Whispering Pines Motel is located at 140 Smokey Park Highway and has pet friendly rooms. However, they only allow small dogs and you must reserve your room and let them know in advance that you are bringing your favorite furry friend. It’s just a few minutes drives to downtown Asheville and close to museums, shopping areas, and ski areas. The hotel offers free wireless internet and free parking. All the rooms have tv, coffee and tea, and a small microwave. To reserve a room and check their rates which start at $50 a night, please call: 1-877-411-3436.

1889 White Gate Inn and Cottage is located at 173 E. Chestnut Street and welcomes dog of any size, weight, and breed. Rooms start at $199 a night plus a pet fee. Dogs cannot be left alone in the suites unless they are crated so don’t forget to bring your crate, some treats, and your pup’s favorite toy. There is a lovely garden area where you can take a walk but don’t forget the bag to clean up after your pup and s/he must be on leash at all times. This bed and breakfast inn is a great getaway for a long weekend where you can take a soak in a hot tub or jacuzzi. To reserve a room please call: 1-800-485-3045 or visit their website: http://www.whitegate.net/.