♥ One Love ♥

Greetings from The OC Dogumentary!

We would like to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day, a Happy President's Day and celebrate Bob Marley's birthday (2/6)...an artist & musician who sang of One Love and Unity (and who my own little pooch is named after).

February 24th marks the 15th Annual Spay Day… an annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.

Spay Day Featured in Orange County

The Pet Rescue Center — a South County nonprofit is sponsoring Spay Day events to coincide with the Humane Society’s National Spay Day.

Forty dogs and cats will get free spays and neuters at the Affordable Spay and Neuter Clinic in Laguna Hills on Feb. 24 and at Alicia Pet Care Center in Mission Viejo on Feb. 22. Low-income pet owners can apply for these surgeries. A lottery system will be used to make it as fair as possible. Those selected will be notified several days in advance of their appointment. The clinics will also provide any ancillary services, like pre-anesthetic blood work, micro-chipping and vaccinations, at a discounted rate. Donations will be accepted but not required.

"I believe that spay and neuter is one of the most important things that a pet owner ever does," said Dr. Matthew Wheaton, founder of The Pet Rescue Center. "It ensures the health of the individual pet by decreasing cancer risks and eliminates the possibility of an unwanted pregnancy that might lead to more homeless pets that end up euthanized at high kill shelters."

To apply for the spay/neuter lottery or to donate to the center, call 877-277-7938.

Follow this link to read the The OC Register’s full article on The Pet Rescue Center

Enter the Spay Day Online Pet Photo Contest! Visit www.photocontest.humanesociety.org between Jan. 19 and Feb. 27 to enter.



Canine in Chief

January 22, 2009 – from HSUS.org

President Obama announced earlier this month that he and his family plan to adopt either a Labradoodle or Portuguese Water Dog (PWD) once they are settled in at the White House. Shelters and rescue groups across the country scrambled to showcase dogs of the "doodle" persuasion waiting for new homes. But helping to land one of their dogs in the ultimate home is only one of these organizations' post-election objectives. They're also making use of the opportunity to raise awareness in their own communities about how many adoptable dogs are available on any given day—many of whom fit the presidential bill.

Finding the Right Dog

While purebred Portuguese Water Dogs aren't quite as easy to come by in a shelter, a quick search for Portuguese Water Dogs on Petfinder.com, a site that lists thousands of adoptable pets at animal shelters across the nation, resulted in 10 pure or mixed-breed Portuguese Water Dogs looking for a family and a forever home.

There are more than 1,000 Labrador retrievers and Lab mixes and more than 2,000 poodles and poodle mixes looking for homes at this very minute, too. These two breeds will undoubtedly grow in popularity since President Obama's announcement. Animal advocates are already gearing up to help ensure these breeds don't fall further into the profit-driven pockets of puppy mills across the U.S. and to raise awareness about their unique needs.

What to Consider Before Adopting

If you're considering adopting one of these two breeds or any breed of dog, it's important to make sure the dog fits with your lifestyle.

Like many breeds, both Portuguese Water Dogs and Labradoodles require lots of exercise, attention and training. While no surprise given the name, it's important to note that PWDs are avid swimmers and happiest when they have routine access to water.

Know Where to Go

There are several types of organizations from which you can adopt a dog, whether purebred or mixed breed. Not all sources are the same, however, so it's important to learn as much as you can, and then choose carefully.

To find a purebred rescue group or animal shelter near you, visit www.petfinder.com, www.Pets911.com or search ocdogfriendly.com for shelters in your area.

It's very important to make sure that you don’t support puppy mills when you add a purebred or "designer mixed breed" dog to your family. Visit our Stop Puppy Mills website to learn more about these cruel, mass-breeding operations.

A Note About Presidential Pooches

No matter which furried friend the Obamas brings home, they're sure to make a welcome addition to the family. In a letter to Sasha and Malia Obama, Jenna and Barbara Bush offered the following advice on White House puppies:

"Our sweet puppy Spot was nursed on the lawn of the White House. And then of course, there's Barney, who most recently bit a reporter. Cherish your animals because sometimes you'll need the quiet comfort that only animals can provide."


Dog Friendly
Feature Spotlight

Creature Comfort's Dentistry

Non-Anesthetic Teeth Cleaning for Dogs & Cats!

Creature Comfort's Dentistry
Lindsey Allen
(888) 401-4840
www.ccdentistry.org

Serving all of Orange County – In home cleaning available!

The signature of Creature Comfort's Dentistry’s vision is to provide superior oral care for your pets and to educate pet owners how important it is for the overall health of your pet. Since 2004 Creature Comfort has provided anesthesia free dental care for dogs and cats and has established solid reputations with many animal care facilities. Creature Comfort’s Dentistry offers in-home cleaning for those who want their pet’s teeth cleaned in the comfort of your own home.

Marley (pictured left) had her teeth cleaned last month by Lindsey. She rested comfortably in Lindsey's lap in the comfort of her own home...the results were fantastic, removing the tartar build up and giving her a bright, beautiful smile.

Creature Comfort's Dentistry...professionalism, honesty, and a gentle, compassionate way with animals. Give the gift of good health this Valentine's Day...professional teeth cleaning can add 3 to 5 years to your pet's life!

Set up an appointment today!





Off Leash Beach in Laguna?

A recent article in The Laguna Beach Independent raised the question of whether the community feels there is the need for a local off leash dog beach. Laguna Beach residents Kenneth Vick and Nicole Smith decided to take action and started a petition for a leash-free beach in Laguna on line at:

www.petitionsite.com/1/laguna-dog-beach.com.

Follow this link to read the full Laguna Beach Independent article


February/March Dog Friendly Events

Thursday, February 5th

Laguna Beach's First Thursdays Artwalk
Join member galleries throughout Laguna Beach on the First Thursday of EVERY month from 6 - 9 p.m. for a festive cultural evening.

Most galleries are dog friendly!
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Saturday, February 7th

Muttropolis' Smootch-A-Pooch Party
Fashion Island Shopping Center
865 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 717-MUTT

Pets and pet parents will pucker up for fun pet portraits in our custom kissing booth and dogs (and cats) of all sizes are welcome and encouraged to attend. Attendance is free and and there is a requested donation of $10 for the pet portraits which will be donated to worthy local animal rescue organizations.
11am - 3pm

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Saturday, February 14th

♥ “Dog Dating at the Park” ♥

Puppy Love:

For all those single puppies here is your chance to meet that smoochie poochie of your dreams. Come out for some furry fun and support the efforts in getting a pro humane animal shelter in South OC at this dog friendly event.

~Where: RSM dog park
Canada Vista Park
24328 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

~When: 10 am - 12 pm

Refreshments will be served outside the park and information provided.

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Saturday, February 14th

Garden Grove Dog Park Grand Opening

10:00am to 1:00pm

Garden Grove Park
9301 Westminster Ave. (off Deodara Drive)
Garden Grove, CA 92844

For more information, call (714) 741-5200

Donations of all types of pet food will be accepted at the event and delivered to an Orange County food bank.

Unleashing Ceremony
Pet Contests & Prizes
Owner/Pet Look-alike
Best Pet Trick
Doggie Musical Chairs
First 400 people will receive Free Gift!
Dog License Amnesty
Flyball Demonstrations
Soccer Collies
Name the Park Contest
Animal Planet celebrities Joel Silverman (who will be signing DVDs) and Dina Zaphiris

Follow this link for more info

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Saturday, February 21st

Pet Nutrition Seminar

Is your pet endlessly scratching and itching? Does your pet suffer from arthritis? Learn how to heal your pets using nutrition, supplements and holistic care. The course will cover the best foods to feed your pet, nutritional supplements for common pet health issues and the latest innovations in “alternative veterinary care” such as acupuncture, stem cell therapy and chiropractic for arthritis.

Instructor: Susan Blake Davis, CCN

Saturday, February 21st 10:30 - 12:00 noon

VCA Arroyo Animal Hospital
1 South Pointe Dr.
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(off Bake Parkway)

Class Fee: $15 per person (100% of proceeds donated to Ariel Rescue)
How To Register: RSVP Required--Seating Limited, call 949-499-9380 or visit www.askariel.com

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Saturday, February 28th

RSM & Furry Friends Dog Walk Day
O'Neil Park

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

10:00am to 12:00pm
Meet at Trabuco Mesa Park

Bring your dog and family too and join your friends and their furry friends for a fun Dog Walk Day through O'Neil Park!

This is a FREE Connecting the Community Dog Friendly Event for all SAMLARC residents.

Please RSVP by Thursday, February 26th to Annmarie Hysler at ahysler@meritpm.com or 949/448-6252 if you and your furry friend would like to attend.

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Sunday, March 1st
(Rain date - Sunday, March 8th)

San Juan Capistrano Kid's Pet Parade
Cook/La Novia Park - San Juan Capistrano

Kids (ages of 5 to 12) can show off their pets in various contests such as cutest, most unusual, best costume, funniest and most obedient. $3 entry and registration form is required. Parade starts at 1:00pm with a rain date of March 9th. For complete information and entry form for this dog friendly event visit www.swallowsparade.com/kidspet

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March 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th

Dana Point Festival of Whales 2009
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
888-440-4309
www.dpfestivalofwhales.com

This annual dog friendly event includes a street faire, whale watching, the Festival of Whales parade and much more!

Come join the community as we celebrate the return of the Gray Whales off the coast. Come sample the best of Dana Point through more than 100 booths, displays, and fun activities. Follow the Parade to the Street Faire! A dog friendly event with fun for the entire family. Great food, great games, great entertainment, and best of all - the great people of Dana Point.

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Thursday, March 5th

Laguna Beach's First Thursdays Artwalk
Join member galleries throughout Laguna Beach on the First Thursday of EVERY month from 6 - 9 p.m. for a festive cultural evening.

Most galleries allow pooches making this a great dog friendly event!

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Saturday, March 21st

Rancho Santa Margarita's 3rd Annual Dog Day Afternoon

1 pm - 4pm

Monte Viste Park
Rancho Santa Margarita

Agility & Grooming Demonstrations
Doggie Costume Contest
Dog Games
Dog Boutiques
Prizes & Drawings




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Quotes from the Dog Pound

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Agreeable friends — they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

--George Eliot

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

--Anatole France

The average dog has one request to all humankind. Love me.

--Helen Exley

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Thank you for reading our February issue of The OC Dogumentary...we hope you and your pals share the spirit of One Love this Valentine's Day, and always :)

Paige & Marley
The OC Dogumentary
www.ocdogfriendly.com

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