Spread Some Holiday Cheer!
Greetings from The OC Dogumentary!
The holidays are in full swing, we hope you & your pals have decked the halls, lighted the menorah and are ready to help us spread some holiday cheer!
Looking for some animal friendly gift ideas? Look no further!
Humane Holiday Gift Giving
Wildlife Gift & Adoption Center
Give the gift that helps save wildlife!
The Defenders Wildlife Gift and Adoption Center offers 27 animals and 100 ways to warm a heart, educate a mind and make a difference for all our treasured wildlife.
At Humane Domain you’ll find dog holiday cards, festive treats, holiday pooch apparel, animal cause gear, beautiful jewelry & much more! Support the Humane Society this holiday season :)
You can also show your generosity, love, and compassion with a gift this holiday season that makes a difference. Give a Humane Gift.
Your Humane Gift will help protect pets, wildlife, and farm animals around the world. This is the kind of gift your friends, colleagues, and family members will love to receive and you can feel good about sending.
Buying a Puppy for the Holidays?
Questions to ask yourself, and how to prepare for a new pup
The Humane Society of the United States
The first step on the road to pet ownership is to ask yourself some tough questions: Why do you want a puppy? Can you afford one? Are you prepared to take care of a dog every day for his entire life?
If you've decided you're ready for a dog, follow The HSUS' top five puppy buying tips and you'll be far more likely to secure a healthy, well-socialized dog who doesn't drain your emotions or your pocketbook. One, in other words, who doesn't come from a puppy mill.
1. Consider adoption. Adopting a dog instead of buying one is one of the surest ways to strike a blow against puppy mills. To find the perfect match, you'll want to choose the right one for you and your lifestyle. Animal shelters have dozens of dogs, many of them purebreds, just waiting for homes. There are also breed specific rescue groups for every breed of dog, including "designer" or "hybrids" like Labradoodles and Puggles. Mixed-breed dogs also make wonderful pets. Visit our Dog Rescues page to find a breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.
2. Find a responsible breeder and visit their premises. Responsible breeders provide a loving and healthy environment for their canine companions, one that they will be proud to show you. Never buy a puppy without seeing where they and their parents are raised and housed with your own eyes.
3. Don't be fooled by common claims made by pet stores when pushing their puppies. Despite what they may tell you, pet stores do sell puppy mill puppies.
4. Don't be swayed by a great website or ad. Just because a website says great things about their "home raised" or "family raised" puppies doesn't make it true. Many puppy millers pose as small family breeders online and in newspaper and magazine ads. For many years The HSUS has aided local authorities in the rescue of puppy mill dogs across the nation. In almost all cases the puppy mills sold puppies via the Internet using legitimate-looking ads or websites that made claims that couldn't have been farther from the truth.
5. Avoid the temptation to "rescue" a puppy mill puppy by buying him. Even though your intentions may be good, don't buy a puppy with the idea that you are "rescuing" him or her. Your "rescue" opens up space for another puppy mill puppy and puts money into the pockets of the puppy mill industry. Pet stores won't leave their cages empty and websites won't leave their pages blank. The money you spend on your puppy goes right back to the puppy mill operator and ensures they will continue breeding and treating dogs inhumanely. If you see someone keeping puppies in poor conditions, alert your local animal control authorities instead of buying.
6. Do your part: Pledge to help stop puppy mills! Choose not to buy your next pet from a pet store or Internet site, and refuse to buy supplies from any pet store or Internet site that sells puppies.
Gingerbread Dog Treats
1 cup molasses
4 tablespoons honey
1 cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
6 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger or one tsp. of dried powder ginger
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the molasses, honey, water, and oil in a medium bowl.
In another large bowl mix the flour, the baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Combine well. Divide this dough in four sections and roll each piece into a ball, wrap each ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 – 5 hours.
After the dough is well-chilled Put dough onto a lightly floured surface and roll dough out into 1/4" thickness. Cut dough with a cookie cutter into gingerbread men or other fun shapes.
Dress Them Up!
You could use carob bits to form the eyes and buttons if you like. Bake 10 – 15 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges and firm.
These are great fun for you and your dog. They’ll make great gifts for your doggie friends too.
Commemorative Biographies Customized to Your Pet
Pet-Bios has developed an exclusive and fun approach to featuring your pets and their unique charm, by displaying them in their very own custom biographical portrait. Our customers are the envy of pet lovers everywhere!
Each Pet-Bio is tailored to your pet's personality and incorporates information such as: breed, nicknames, birthday, special skills, favorite food – just to name a few. We strive to show off your pet's unique character traits, resulting in a fantastic display of love and adoration towards your favorite friend.
After we receive your pet's information, we will send you a digital proof to review. Then we will print your Pet-Bio on quality photo paper and mail directly to you. They are specially formatted to fit a standard 8-1/2" x 11" frame so that you can hang it on the wall at home...or feature it on your desk at work.
Gift Certificates Available ~ Great for Stocking Stuffers!
Creative Custom Portraits
Creating fabulous one of a kind portraits to celebrate your favorite things!
Creative Custom Portraits takes take your favorite photo of your pet, child or family and turns it into a wonderful piece of art.
Tails a Wag Inn
Bed and Breakfast for Dogs!
Anaheim Hills, CA
Serving South Orange County
Dog Friendly Events
Sunday, December 12th
German Shepherd Rescue of OC's Annual Holiday Boutique
12:00pm to 6:00pm
19822 Beach Blvd
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
GSROC Annual Holiday Boutique is back, now at a very well known facility in Huntington Beach. Newland Barn is located in the southwest portion of the City of HB in the Newland Shopping Center, it is behind the Newland House Museum. We have already received wonderful donations and unique items for this event. We will have great vendors attending. More info soon.
December 15th - 19th
102nd Annual Newport Harbor Boat Parade
California's largest and one of the nation's most well established Holiday boat parades...the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat parade. The boat parade sees over 100 illuminated vessels cruise through the harbor of Newport Beach, CA. Bring your pups to this beautiful pet friendly event and enjoy a walk around Balboa Island where you'll also enjoy the Ring of Lights waterfront home and business decorating competition.
When: Nightly at 6:30pm
Where: Newport Harbor/Balboa Island
Pets Best Insurance
Two friends of mine and I have recently filed claims with Pets Best Insurance - filing a claim was hassle free and our reimubursement checks were received within 7 days of filing.
If you are questioning whether to purchase insurance for your pal I highly recommend Pets Best due to my own very positive experience.
Marley gives then two paws up!
Best Bully Sticks
Our favorite bully sticks...made from free range, grass fed bulls at a fantastic price!
The Next Door
New Dog Friendly Restaurant in San Clemente!
The Next Door
Franklin Lewes, adopted puppy from www.thepetrescuecenter.org
Quotes from the Dog Pound
"If there is a heaven, it's certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them. "
-- Pam Brown
"The real platform for religion is based on the concepts of compassion, respect and consideration, not just for human beings, but for all forms of life."
Thank you for reading our Holiday issue of The OC Dogumentary.
We wish you & your pals a wonderful holiday season :)
Paige & Marley
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