Happy Howloween!

Greetings from The OC Dogumentary!

Ahh, the coolness of Fall has arrived...always appreciated by my furry black pup. In this edition you'll find Halloween Pet Safety Tips, valuable first aid info for all of us with companion animals and fun-filled events to celebrate the upcoming Fall season with your pals :)

Halloween Pet Safety

No Scaredy Cats This Halloween: Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents from The ASPCA

Attention, animal lovers, it's almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying "trick or treat!" all the way to November 1.

1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy & Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs & cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered to be relatively nontoxic, but they can produce stomach upset in pets who nibble on them.

3. Wires and cords from electric lights and other decorations should be kept out of reach of your pets. If chewed, your pet might suffer cuts or burns, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

4. A carved pumpkin certainly is festive, but do exercise caution if you choose to add a candle. Pets can easily knock a lit pumpkin over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned or singed by candle flames.

5. Dress-up can be a big mess-up for some pets. Please don't put your dog or cat in a costume UNLESS you know he or she loves it (yup, a few pets are real hams!). For pets who prefer their “birthday suits,” however, wearing a costume may cause undue stress.

6. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn't annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal's movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Also, be sure to try on costumes before the big night. If your pet seems distressed, allergic or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting him go au naturale or donning a festive bandana.

7. Take a closer look at your pet’s costume and make sure it does not have small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.

8. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. Too many strangers can be scary and stressful for pets.

9. When opening the door for trick-or-treaters, take care that your cat or dog doesn't dart outside.

10. IDs, please! Always make sure your dog or cat has proper identification. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver, increaing the chances that he or she will be returned to you.

30 Common Human Medicines for Dogs

• Anbesol: topical anesthetic for mouth pain
• Artificial Tears: eye lubricant
• Aveeno Oatmeal Bath: soothing rinse for itchy skin
• Benadryl: antihistamine for bug bites-also makes pets sleepy
• Betadine: antiseptic for cleansing/soaking wounds or injuries
• Bufferin or Baby Aspirin: pain relief
• Burow's solution: topical antiseptic
• Caladryl: soothing topical for pain or itching
• Cortaid: anti-itch cream
• Desitin: for skin inflammation
• Dramamine: helpful for car sickness, nausea
• Dulcolax: for constipation
• Epsom salts: for soothing soak for sore paws
• Ipecac Syrup: to make dog vomit
• Kaopectate: to control diarrhea
• Lanacane: topical anesthetic
• Massengill Disposable Douche: body odor/skunk spray
• Metamucil (unflavored): for constipation
• Mylanta Liquid: for digestive problems and/or gas
• Neosporin: to help prevent wound infection
• Pedialyte: counteracts dehydration
• Pepcid AC: to control vomiting
• Pepto-Bismol: for diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
• Phillips' Milk of Magnesia: for constipation
• Preparation H: soothes sore bottom
• Robitussin Pediatric Cough Formula: cough suppressant
• Solarcaine: topical anesthetic, helpful for sunburn
• Vicks VapoRub: for congestion
• Witch hazel: topical antiseptic

23 Helpful Household Items

In the best of all possible worlds, emergencies never happen or if they do, dog owners have a professional medical kit handy. These should be stocked with sterile gauze pads in different sizes, elastic Ace bandages, needle-less syringes and eyedroppers for medication and even stretchers. You can buy commercial kits from pet supply stores and catalogues or put together your own, and it's very helpful to have a handy pet first aid how-to guide handy.

But all too often pet owners don't think about being prepared until after the first emergency. If you find yourself faced with a doggy health crises you may be surprised how many everyday items around the house or in your pantry can be helpful.

• Blanket/cookie sheet/ironing board: stretcher
• Bubble Wrap: stabilize leg fracture/injury
• Canned Pumpkin: for constipation or diarrhea
• Condoms: to cover injured/bleeding paw
• Dawn Dishwashing Soap: decontaminate fur
• Heat pad: for arthritis/aches
• Hose/sink spray: flushing wounds
• Hydrogen peroxide (3%): given orally to prompt vomiting
• Ice bag/frozen peas: topical pain control
• Karo syrup/honey: for shock
• KY Jelly: lubricant such as for eye out of socket
• Olive oil: to suffocate/kill ear mites
• Pliers: remove porcupine quills/foreign object in mouth
• Pantyhose/necktie: muzzle
• Mustache trimmer: clip fur around wounds
• Needle/Safety pin: acupuncture CPR
• Teabags, soaked and cooled: to treat hot spots
• Turkey baster: flush wounds, give liquid medicine
• Rectal thermometer
• Saran Wrap: seals wounds, holds bandage together without sticking to fur
• Sterile Saline Solution: flush wounds, eye injuries
• Squirt gun, squeeze bottle: give liquid medicine/flush wounds
• Yogurt: settle digestion, control gas

Amy D. Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and the award-winning author of 23 pet care books, including The First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats.

Amy also appears on Animal Planet's CATS-101 and DOGS-101, writes for puppies.About.com and lives in North Texas with a senior citizen Siamese and smart-aleck German shepherd dog. Read her blog on Red Room.

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1 Ritz Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 240-2000

Pet friendly first floor, max two pets in a room $150 non-refundable pet cleaning fee, $50 per night boarding charge

The Ritz Carlton Posh Pooch enjoys:

* A hand-painted water dish
* Plush Doggie Bed
* Chew toy
* Doggie Menu
* Vista View dog walking trail map
* Dog Waste Bags
* Club Yappy loyalty card

Life’s Abundance foods are veterinarian-formulated with select ingredients to help your dog achieve optimum health. We use a “fast-cook” process at low temperatures to help preserve the nutritional value of each & every wholesome ingredient. And we maintain strict inventory controls to ensure the quality and safety of our foods.

• A proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals
• High-quality protein from chicken meal for strong muscles
• An antioxidant system including vitamins A, C and E
• A selection of nutritious vegetables and fruits
• Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin and a shiny coat
• Calcium and phosphorus for healthy teeth and strong bones
• Dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract

Since we use only wholesome ingredient, this formula contains…
• No artificial flavors
• No artificial colors
• No corn or corn gluten
• No wheat or wheat gluten

Choose Life’s Abundance for your dog because a recipe for a better life is more than meeting minimum requirements.


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Santa Ana, CA 92707
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Robert, The Pawtographer, looks to take that special quality of an animal and bring it out of them so it can be captured and enjoyed forever. Sometimes it’s a look, sometimes it’s an attitude, sometimes it’s a willingness to let him dress it up with an outfit or put a fun prop with it. Whatever it is, he knows that every animal has something special about it.

Fall Dog Friendly Events

Saturday, October 22nd

4th Annual Old Town Tustin Artwalk

10:00am to 4:00pm

The Tustin Preservation Conservancy, the Tustin Area Council for Fine Arts and the City of Tustin Parks and Recreation Department will co-sponsor the Fourth Annual Art Walk in Old Town Tustin.

This pet friendly event will feature artists displaying and selling their work along El Camino Real and Main Streets. There will be live music along the route and a wine bar from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Saturday, October 22nd

Halloweiner Festival & Dachshund Rescue Reunion
Sponsored by Southern California Dachshund Relief, Inc.

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Indian Village Park
6060 Hefley Street
Westminster, CA 92683

Bring your dachsies, kids, chairs, and blankets! There are lots of trees for shade and a playground for the kids. Please note: All dachsies and other pets must be on a leash at all times., There will be a Costume Contest, Dachshund Races, Bobbing for Wieners Contests, Dachshund collectibles and accessories, as well as a raffle to benefit Southern California Dachshund Rescue. We would welcome your raffle prize donations by October 1st. We will again be offering hot-dogs, chili, chips, cookies, and sodas for a small donation. So bring your appetite.

If you need more information, please call Dawn at (714) 961-0114, e-mail: dawnaa@pacbell.net



Saturday, October 29th

Howling Hund (Dog) Halloween Pawty

Old World Village in Huntington Beach
7561 Center Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Noon to 4:00 P.M.

Admission $12.95 which includes a meal

We are very fortunate to be able to host this event and Let All The Dogs Out at Old Village.

There will be Trick or Treating for the Dogs and Children around the Village. Small Dog Races for all Dogs under 25 Pounds, plus a Pawtastic Costume Contest with prizes for the winner of a Night's Stay at DogSpa Resort and Wellness Center, an autographed baseball by Angels Player Kendrys Morales, Tanning Package by Island Tan Salon, Improv Comedy Club Pass for Two plus more still being added.



Sunday, October 30th

2011 Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade & Pet Adoption Fair (Long Beach)

This is the World's largest Halloween pet event!

LONG BEACH - parade on 2nd St. Livingston Park vendor & adoption fair starting at 2:30pm: $10 per dog to be in the parade benefits local animals, environmental and youth projects. 600+ costumed dogs in last year's parade! Vendors and rescue groups still sought. Contact JustinRudd@aol.com for details. 12 rescue groups and 53 vendors, so far! Entry forms are now online:



Saturday, November 5th

GSROC's Centinela Feed Adoption Event

11:30AM to 3:30PM

Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies
2320 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Bring your old cell phone to benefit the dogs!! BIG BAKE SALE!!

Come and meet our wonderful dogs available for adoption, and say hi to our team of great volunteers. New dogs arrive every week, come out and shake paws with a special friend. Don't forget to pick up your GSROC merchandise, more ways to help the DOGS!!



Saturday, November 12th

The K9K Pet Cancer Awareness Walk

9:00 am bid pickup
10:00 am start

Shoreline Village Lighthouse Peninsula
320 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802

You and your furry best friend will love this pet friendly event. Come out to beautiful Long Beach (Shoreline Village and Catalina Landing Areas) for this unique event. This walk around the harbor will thrill both you and your pet. Participate in our 3K (1.8 miles) walk and your entire registration fee will be donated to the Animal Cancer Foundation to help fund cancer prevention and treatment research. Bring your friends and family to cheer you on, or participate in the walk themselves!

$25 by Oct 31st. $30 after

Follow this link for more information


Thursday, November 24th

R.U.F.F. Thanksgiving Dinner

11am to 2pm

A pet friendly event benefitting RUFF (Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends) serving abandoned, ill and injured animals in Orange County for over 15 years

Tivoli Terrace
650 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Call for reservations (949) 340-2239
$35 prepaid per adult $40 at door $15 under 12
Cash, check or credit card will be accepted at the door


Sunday, November 27th

The Pet Rescue Center’s Holiday Open House

12:00pm - 4:00pm

Alicia Pet Care Center and The Pet Rescue Center Open Holiday Open House and Fundraiser!

Complimentary Pictures with Santa for Families & Pets • Meet & Greet with our Cuddly Adoptable Rescue Kitties and Doggies • Face Painting • Balloon Animals • Raffle to win a Wii & Other Fabulous Prizes • Interactive Educational Booths • Food & Drinks • Bake Sale • Tours of our State of the Art Facility • Meet the Alicia Pet Care Center Doctors • A Training Exhibition by Vladae “The Russian Dog Wizard” & So Much More!

Alicia Pet Care Center
25800 Jeronimo Road, Suite 100
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 768-1313


Friday, December 3rd

Laguna Beach's 54th Annual Hospitality Night

5:00pm to 9:00pm

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 54th annual “Hospitality Night,” when Forest Avenue is cordoned off and shops stay open until 9 p.m. to welcome holiday revelers. Don't miss one of Laguna Beach's best pet friendly events!

Santa Claus will light up the historic pepper tree in front of Laguna Beach City Hall at 6 p.m.


Sunday, December 4th

Corona del Mar’s Annual Christmas Walk & Festival

The 33rd Annual Corona del Mar Christmas Walk & Festival is one of the oldest special events the Chamber is proud to present. It is absolutely a can't miss pet friendly event filled with holiday festivities for family, friends & associates. Each year the Walk brings together thousands of fun-loving people into the Village of Corona del Mar for entertainment, food, prizes and games in true holiday spirit. Complete with High School bands, Fireman's BBQ, carolers, bouncy houses, Santa Visits restaurant tasting & a grand opportunity drawing full of local prizes. The merchants of Corona del Mar invite you and your pooch to visit the village and their individual businesses on this spectacular day!

FREE to the public
(949) 673-4050


Saturday, December 3rd

A Home for the Holidays
Irvine Animal Care Center Adoption Event

10am to 3pm

Irvine Animal Care Center
6443 Oak Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 724-7741

Give the greatest gift of all this Holiday Season...a home and a future to a homeless pet!

The Irvine Animal Care Center is excited to host its fourth annual Home for the Holidays adoption event. More than 20 rescue groups will bring about 500 homeless dogs, cats & rabbits. Santa Claus will also be available for photos with children and pets. There will be vendors, food, a raffle, bake sale & much more. It will be a fun and festive pet friendly event for the entire family!


What's New

New Dog Friendly Getaway...South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is a wonderful dog friendly getaway with plenty of pet friendly accomodations, camping, beaches, restaurants and an off leash dog park. Visit our Getaways Page for more information on this fabulous dog friendly destination!

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Quotes from the Dog Pound

"Pet a dog where he can't scratch and he'll be your friend forever"

-- Orville Mars

Thank you for reading our Fall issue of The OC Dogumentary.

Make it a very Happy Howloween!

Paige & Marley
The OC Dogumentary

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