Animals and pets

Living with dogs; Why I like monasteries

LIVING WITH DOGS Yes, yes, I’ve moved again. The last place didn’t work out even though it was incredibly beautiful. The tribe that lived there was, well, not my cup of tea (to the say the least.) Well-meaning, maybe but from another universe I think. Anyway, I’ve relocated and am living with two, and sometimes more, of the cutest dogs, both personality-wise and physically, the…


Upon further review: Mayflower Dog Park is back for the holidays

As with Mark Twain’s famous refutation of his publicly reported death, reports of the Escondido Dog Park’s demise were greatly exaggerated, according to Escondido officials. Closed last week due to fears of the presence of the highly contagious parvovirus, Escondido dog officials re-opened the park today, Wednesday, Dec. 16. Dog park lovers beware, however. Despite reports of parvovirus at the park, Escondido officials did nothing…


Thanks to Parvo, no fun at the dog park

Thinking about going to Mayflower Dog Park, 3420 Valley Center Road, between now and Jan. 2. Think again. It’s closed due to suspected Parvo, not a dog’s name, unfortunately, but a canine disease. The closure was “a precautionary measure after a report of a dog who visited the park in late November came down with a case of Parvo,” city of Escondido spokeswoman Loretta McKinney…


Do animals reincarnate?

My soul was hurting. I had just lost my companion of seven years, a red toy poodle, Sammie, whom my daughter had given me. We had become inseparable. Additionally, I was coming out of a 26-year marriage and feeling lonely. Frankly, that particular day, I was inconsolable and wondering if I would ever get over it. I turned over to my Higher Power and started…


Dolphin Escapade

(Introducing Izabelle Joie Doucet. She is an energy worker and animal communicator. She will hold a special workshop Nov. 21 at beautiful View Ranch, San Marcos where water springs and flows from  1,000-feet deep aquifers defined by 7-foot high, mystical Stonehenge-like rocks, standing on unnaturally erect. The ranch also houses rescued horses on the oldest knoll in San Marcos. Workshop participants will need to bring…


To blanket or not to blanket? That’s a good cold-weather equine question

By Dr. Luke Bass, DVM, MS; Colorado State University’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital The chilly months from late fall to early spring are generally a time of slowed activity for horse and rider, but attentiveness to horse health and management is just as crucial during the cold season. As an equine veterinarian, I’m often asked about blanketing during the cold months. Primary considerations in…


Helping Paws: Ukulele Ray sings for dogs with a cause

Ukulele Ray sings for dogs with a cause at the Helping Paws annual Halloween costume “Pet Parade” at the Moose Lodge in Escondido, CA. “Helping Paws” provides FREE veterinary services to military families. This event also celebrated the 21st birthday of Amber Dubois, with a special toast and a personal “Happy Birthday” song I performed for Keri (the mother) and Ally (Amber’s sister). For more…


Animal Healing Center takes holistic approach to pet care

Holistic healing techniques aren’t just for humans anymore. Pets are getting in on the health craze with the next big thing in modern veterinary care being a little something called “integrative veterinary medicine.” Animal Healing Center at Carlsbad and San Diego has been at the forefront of the movement to combine Western and holistic healing methods in dealing with animals. Offering an unique, compassionate and…