Monday, December 31, 2007
Dog drinking from a Starbucks cup...Can it get anymore "Seattle" than that? Perhaps if it were, "Dog drinking from a Starbucks cup at the top of the Space Needle," but that's not very realistic.
(Photo by CityDog friend Gail Howard.)
For more Seattle dogs, check out the Cowbelly Pet Photography blog and photographer Jamie Pflughoeft's favorite shots of 2007.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Like most of us, I strive to be the best dog owner I can be to Scout and Ziggy (I prefer owner, because guardian sounds a bit contrived, but that's just me). I feed them premium dog food with ingredients like flaxseed, vitamin C, apples, carrots and human grade this and that. I frequently (albeit, sheepishly) buy them pig ears even though $5.95 for a packet of three disgusting-looking, discarded body parts seems expensive to me. Their treats consist of dehydrated, Alaskan-caught wild salmon, which stink to high heaven, but they love them. My house is littered with half-chewed squeaky toys and bones. I literally said to Ziggy the day I adopted him, "Dude, you just hit the jackpot." I could go on (like the fact that they are allowed on every piece of furniture in the house including the bed), but is it enough? Are they happy? Could I be a better dog owner?
Of course the answer is yes. It's like asking the rhetorical, "Could I be a better person?" The answer is always yes.
So, even though I will never be The Perfect Dog Guardian/Owner, I owe it to my dogs to at least try.
Brandie Ahlgren, editor, CityDog Magazine
It also got me thinking about my dogs, Scout and Ziggy, and if they could make a list of their own resolutions, what would they be (whoknows, maybe they do make resolutions, but like me, end up breaking them come January 2nd)? Anyway, let's assume they can't, but if they could, this is what their lists would look like:
Scout: In 2008, I resolve to...
- Lose a few pounds as recommended by my vet, so by my next visit I'm a "5" (perfect) versus a "6 1/2" (a little chunky) on the weight chart.
- To do this, I resolve to exercise daily with at least a 20 to 30 minute walk.
- Go on more road trips (I'm dying to visit the Washington wine country; I've heard it's fabulous and totally dog friendly).
Ziggy: In 2008, I resolve to...
- Be nicer to Scout, not be so jealous and insecure, and not steal her toys.
- Chill out more. Life is too short to freak out every time I see or hear another dog, person, car, squirrel, cat, piece of paper, twig, etc.
- See Scout's resolutions 1, 2 and 3.
Yes, I realize that their resolutions are really my resolutions and that I need to go on more walks with them, take more roads trips, and work with Ziggy on his "issues." For the first time in years, I truly think these are resolutions I can keep!
Happy New Year!
Brandie Ahlgren, editor, CityDog Magazine
P.S. Make a comment: What are your dog's resolutions for 2008?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
But, I suppose the silver lining in all of this, is the increased attention and awareness it's brought to the ugly world of dogfighting and that it's not just limited to poor, inner cities.
Also good news, today U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced legislation that would allow for better tracking of animal cruelty crimes by including them in the FBI’s crime data reporting system to enable local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to collect national statistics on yearly crime rates, prevent recurrence of animal cruelty, and address its connection to other societal crimes.
Friday, December 07, 2007
- Portrait sitting with Dane & Dane Photography for up to 4 people and 3 dogs
- $100 credit towards the print size of your choice
- Pet bed, food, and water bowls with floor mat to use in room, plus a pet turndown gift
- Pet toy, chef Adam Stevenson’s dog treat, woof id tag, 2 cello waste bags, and greenie bone
- Pet in-room dining menus and local dog-friendly attractions
- CityDog Magazine (yahoo!)
- Photographer-signed copy of Good Behavior Book for Dogs
- And a woof-onderful room that you’ll love...all for $689
Book by February 24, 2008 and stay by February 29, 2008.
*Additional nights available starting at $219 per night for a maximum of four night stay. See Terms & Conditions for more details. Rates do not include a non-refundable $100 cleaning fee.
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Thursday, December 06, 2007
Check back in about a week...We'll have photos from the party posted for all to see!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
CityDog Magazine, you and your holiday hound
Join CityDog Magazine for a yappy howlidays cocktail party! Mingle with fellow pooch parents, sip cocktails and swap doggy tails. Photographer extraordinaire J. Nichole Smith of Dane & Dane Photography will be on hand to snap holiday portraits of your furry friend (available for purchase).
Wednesday, December 05, 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
W Seattle, W Bar and Living Room
1112 4th AvenueSeattle, WA 98101
Click here for directions
For a good cause. If you bring pet food, toys, litter, leashes, collars, treats, beds*...essentially, anything a pet might need...we will donate it to Pasado's Safe Haven. Gift cards are also welcome. Then on Christmas Day, volunteers will deliver everything to those most in need. To learn more, visit http://www.pasadosafehaven.org/ or pick up a copy of CityDog's holiday issue to read more about this wonderful event. *Please donate new items only.
Party Animal Rules: Dogs must remain on-leash and be under your control at all times. Dogs (and people for that matter) must also play well with others. Thank you for your understanding!