Category Archives: Pets

Problem Dog? Audition for Dog Whisperer on Tuesday

Beware of DogIf you follow Cesar Millan’s tweets, you know that his maxims are like the Tao of Pooch: easier said than done.  Southern California dog owners who are struggling to establish themselves as pack leaders, and agree with Cesar’s methods and theories of dog rehabilitation, are invited to head out to Doggie Avenue in Burbank between 1 and 2 on TUESDAY to audition themselves for Cesar’s National Geographic show, The Dog Whisperer. The producers seem to be looking for pretty much any problem behavior that needs rectifying: unusual phobias; obsessions, fearful behavior; and aggression.  For their extra-special Valentine’s Day episode, the producers also are looking for couples on the brink of breaking up because of the dog, so be sure to act extra catty during the audition.

Check out the guidelines for full details on what you will need to bring, and legal forms you will have to sign, for the audition. Basically, you’ll need to bring a videotape of your dog behaving badly, with the caveat that you don’t put yourself, the dog, or other innocents in harm’s way while you do it.  For example, if you would like to show Cesar just how aggressive Pookie is when s/he sees another dog, you better not have Pookie off-leash when I’m in your ‘hood walking my dog.  Actually, you better not have Pookie off-leash ever.  Good luck!!

Photo courtesy of East of West LA via the Metblogs Flickr pool.

To Do Sunday: Healthy Spot’s Howl-iday Party

healthyspotOh man, I can not resist a good pun: this Sunday at 6, Healthy Spot is having its second annual “Howliday” party in its “barking lot.”  Bring your pup out to join in on the festivities:  vendors giving out free samples, a raffle, and even a “doggie” bag.  Now, about that doggie bag: we’re not talking paltry samples of Milkbones here.  No, these are the best free bags of swag this side of the Oscars.  At their “Howl-ween” party, for example, the doggie bag was stuffed with full-sized bags of Souplements and a full-size bag of organic Stella & Chewy’s duck treats.  Full-sized. That’s at least a $10 value.

Their free swag is generally consistent with their philosophy of giving your pet healthy, grain-free food, to the extent that you can afford it.  This actually is my neighborhood pet store; I come in a few times a month, sometimes for no reason other than the fact that my dog drags me there on our walks.  I mean, she yanked me in there even after she got a full bath from their grooming salon (yet she still won’t set paw in our bathroom, where we usually bathe her.  Maddening.).  The owners – Andrew and Mark – are exceptionally friendly, exceptionally accessible, exceptionally knowledgeable about dog food and health, and exceptionally gracious when my dog decides to ram into Healthy Spot’s resident boxer Lucky for no reason other than the fact that my dog thinks she’s five times bigger than she actually is.

If you can’t make it out on Sunday, try next Sunday, when Healthy Spot joins Shifting Gears to host Scooby-Roo’s Rescue Ride, a biking/fundraiser for Fuzzy Rescue.  Bikers are to meet at Healthy Spot at 8; those of us who don’t ride can drop by at 10am to join in on the post-ride party, complete with free food and drinks for humans and canines alike.

For those of you who can not/adamantly will not go west of Western, Healthy Spot just launched their online store.  Pretty soon, Idgie will be sniffing them out on the Internet too, I just know it.

Healthy Spot
1110 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Cougar Convention TONIGHT

MountainLionAttackProtocolReaders who happen to be old ladies:

Younger men are better looking, healthier, have more energy, are more fun, don’t need Viagra, and won’t die on you!

Such is the rationale for tonight’s California Cougar Convention.  While older men are considered men even though they show off their grays in the form of a young blond, society’s answer to the reverse situation is: predatory animals.  So, in the spirit of the jungle kingdom, the Society of Single Professionals (yes) organized tonight’s convention  for cougars and their would-be cubs at the Beverly Hills Crowne Plaza Hotel.  Thirty dollars will buy you access to the stalking, the pouncing, and the purring; in addition, the young cubs will vote to elect a Miss Cougar California (who must be 40 or over (that’s who an “older woman” is, apparently) and “legally single”) during the night’s dance party.

For those of you who want so desperately to cougar, but don’t know how, take the 6:30 class in cougaring at The Cougar School, free for paid convention goers.  I’m not exactly sure what this will entail, but I’m envisioning the scene from The Lion King where Mufasa teaches Simba how to pounce.  Cubs, heed the sign’s warning: If attacked, fight back.  Zazu should have been so lucky.

When mountain lions attack photo taken by jurvetson and used under a Creative Commons license.

Race For The Rescues

rtheaderraceforrescuesAnimal lovers abound here at LA Metblogs (among the authors and readers) and whether the animals are cats or dogs or bunnies or birds or even coyotes, we love them all.

On Sunday October 4th, Race For The Rescues is a fun family event to raise money to support our homeless dogs and cats and seven of the amazing organizations that keep them out of the city shelters and therefore out of the death chamber. The day’s host is The Rescue Train, a non-profit, no-kill organization, saving as many little lives as they can.

The main event at the Rose Bowl will be a 5k walk/run and 1 mile kids race. There will also be music, LA Laker cheerleaders, shopping and of course, pet adoptions. This event alone makes a huge difference in the lives of pets waiting for adoption. From the website:

In the past three years, Race For The Rescues raised over $200,000 to help support seven non-profit rescue groups. Once again we are proud to say not one dog or cat from this adoption day went back to a city shelter to face euthanasia. Help us meet our goal this year to send those city shelter trucks back EMPTY!

Sign up for the event here, or if you can’t make that day, you can send in donations or sponsor another 5k-er.

Let’s keep them goggies and lolcats out of the city shelters and get them into loving homes.

Race For The Rescues
Sunday October 4
Registration opens at 7am and events run until afternoon

Sept. 27th: Wiggle Waggle Walk in Pasadena

wigglewagglewalklogo If you are a dog lover and have the need get some exercise, Sunday will be the Wiggle Waggle Walk in Pasadena hosted by the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA. The 1th annual fundraiser will take you on a walk around the Rose Bowl. The event, which runs from 8am – 2p, will feature various pet contests & demonstrations, many pet-friendly vendors and a Family Fun Fair.

Join thousands of animal lovers at the 2009 Wiggle Waggle Walk to help the more than 12,000 animals Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA cares for each year. Gather your family, friends, co-workers and canine companions. Collect donations and enjoy a scenic walk, jog or stroll of 1 to 3 miles around the Rose Bowl.

All fundraising information can be found on their website.

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Take Your Dog To The Movies! ReelDog Film Fest This Weekend!

ReeldoglogyoutubeThe ReelDog Film Fest is your chance to check out some canine-centric short films with your dog in a fun outdoor setting, all while helping a great cause. This unique festival benefits PAWS/LA, an organization that assists low-income seniors and people with chronic or life-threatenting illnesses in keeping and caring for their pets. PAWS/LA is currently serving 2000+ people keep and care for more than 1700 animals.

The event is this Saturday night in Cheviot Hills Park. People and their dogs are welcome to picnic in the park before the movies and visit the various vendors who will be catering to furry companions. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the box office starting at 6pm. Children under 12 and dog are admitted for free. The screening of approximately 1 hours of shorts will begin at sundown. I went to a similar event a few years ago and had a blast, as did my dog Rusty.

My dog, Rusty, enjoying Dogfest, a similar event @ The Autry in 2006, which also raised money for PAWS/LA

Cheviot Hills Park is located at 2551 Motor Ave. in Los Angeles (near Century City). For more information, contact [email protected] or call (323)464-7297 x113.

Pet Adoption at Amoeba Today, 12pm-4pm!

Amoeba Hollywood @ night by Jodi
Amoeba Hollywood @ night by Jodi

Amoeba is one of my very favorite places in L.A. It’s my go-to spot for unloading old CDs, thumbing through the bins of deeply discounted DVDs, and buying previously owned music. Besides being a place with a  fantastic selection of music of all genres, movies, live performances, and more, Amoeba is dog friendly and encourages folks to bring their canine pals along to shop.


Considering the store’s open arms policy to dogs, it’s not too much of a suprise that they are hosting a pet adoption this afternoon from 12pm to 4pm. Lange Foundation is a local organization dedicated to finding new homes for pets in need, as well as a sterilization program throughout L.A. County. They will have some furry friends for you to meet and possibly take home. At 4pm there will be a charity auction to benefit the group. Even if you aren’t looking to add a pet to your family, stop by and support a great cause.

Amoeba Music is located at 6400 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.

Get Titillated for a Good Cause

BurlBingo-sept-webWhen I think about charity, the first image that pops into my head is a zipper busting troupe of lingerie-clad burlesque dancers surrounded by distressed wood paneled walls, Gothic mirrors, 200-year old architectural trappings, the smell of British gastro pub fare – and of course, bingo!

On Sunday, September 27, Royal Clayton’s and Legendary Bingo will host “Bingo Burlesque,” a regular event that occurs on the 4th Sunday of each month. The funds raised at the door benefit local and national charities. So you see, since this is all for a good cause, it may actually be the only time that you can get loaded and drool over nipple tassles without having to worry about going to H-E-DOUBLE-HOCKEY-STICK, if you know what I mean, and I think you do, heathens.

On this sin approved evening, your $20 suggested donation will include a scorching Burlesque show, 10 thrilling games of heart pounding bingo and the hurts-so-good feeling that you are helping support a very special charity, Downtown Dog Rescue. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show begins at 7:00 PM.

Downtown Dog Rescue was founded to assist the homeless community of dog owners. It is the only program in California, and possibly the United States, that specifically helps homeless dog owners spay/neuter, vaccinate, license their dogs, as well as offering a variety of services including crisis care, for the life of the dog.

Please call Royal Clayton’s at (213) 622-0512 to reserve a table for the event. Continue reading Get Titillated for a Good Cause

An appeal to @wileecoyote from @jessicasimpson

Actual flyer. Please print, copy, and post wherever coyotes may see it!
Actual flyer. Please print, copy, and post wherever coyotes may see it!

A coyote snatched Jessica Simpson’s dog before her very eyes, per a tweet she sent Monday evening.

@jessicasimpson: – My heart is broken because a coyote took my precious Daisy right in front of our eyes. HORROR! We are searching. Hoping. Please help!

Clearly, this is incredibly urgent. Coyotes aren’t known to keep malti-poos as pets for very long, and according to urban legend, will often sell these dogs to NFL players to be used as “playthings” for their rottweillers and pitbulls.

“Mommy” Jessica Simpson is offering a reward for Daisy’s safe return, NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

In case this turns out badly, I’m asking all Metblog readers to chip in with me for a gift that will help protect any of Jessica’s future canine pals: a leash.

Pasadena Humane Society Taking In Evacuated Pets-Donations Needed


Thanks to Sean‘s twitter feed, I learned yesterday that the Pasadena Humane Society, who has taken in 200+ evacuated pets affected by the Station Fire, desperately needs donations of blankets, food, money, etc. I had a case of premium food that my picky dogs won’t touch that I took over to them. I always feel so helpless when a natural disaster is going on and was happy to make a helpful gesture, no matter how small it is in the grand scheme of things.

The Pasadena Humane Society is located at 361 S. Raymond Ave. The facility is closed to all adoptions at this time and are keeping the doors locked. However, you can knock on the door and they will graciously receive your items. While they are typically closed on Mondays, I confirmed that they are accepting donations today. If you have any questions, you can call 626-792-7151.

The Dogs of Metblogs

Che Needs a Permnanent or Foster Home, Can You Help?
Che Needs a Permnanent or Foster Home, Can You Help?

This week’s featured rescue dog is a three year old Vizla/Pit mix who was minutes away from being euthanized at the West Valley Pound before the nice people at Karma Rescue stepped in to help.

Che is a very playful, energetic guy who needs someone who can give him plenty of exercise. He is housebroken, great with other dogs and apparently even friendly with cats too! Che is currently living in a temporary boarding facility where he isn’t getting a lot of attention. He could really use a structured home environment until Karma Rescue finds him a permanent home, so if you can volunteer as a “foster parent,” please e-mail [email protected] for more information.

You can also stop by Karma Rescue’s regular pet adoption events held at Kirby’s Pet Depot located at 12112 Venice Blvd in Mar Vista (one block east of Centinela). Check Karma Rescue’s web site for more information.

Karma Rescue

The Kitten Saga Continues

Well, thanks to Metblogs and all you lovely people (ok, two people in particular) the kittens I posted about have a lovely new home!

I want to thank Metblogs readers Edith & Dan, of Alhambra, for adopting the kittens now known as Moxie and Marvin!

Moxie & new kitteh-mama Edith hanging out.

A few more images of them in their new home behind the jump. Continue reading The Kitten Saga Continues

Metblogs Kitten of the Week #2: Electric Boogaloo

Remember my post from last week, written by Tiny, the kitten in need of a home? Well, she still hasn’t found one. I know, collective “Awwww.” But maybe this will convince you. This is her brother. Behold, below. YOU WANT THIS KITTEN.

I really have to give a shout out to FixNation, which has been providing me with traps and free spay/neuter services so we can sterilize the feral cat population on this one little suburban block in the West Valley. It’s disconcerting, to see how many cats there are just here, on this one block. I can’t imagine how many others die unloved & uncared for. If you have a pet, please spay & neuter.


If you really do want to meet Marmie II, follow the instructions in this post.

Metblogs Kitten O’ the Day

Arent I adorable? Im soft too.
Aren't I adorable? I'm soft too.

Hi! My name is Tiny. I was born with my brother & sister in the middle of a backyard in Canoga Park. I was very hungry for a long time, even though Mom nursed me & watched over me. Then Mom & us kittens went over the wall into a nice lady’s yard. She is a funny-looking lady with green hair and big black shoes and she’s always typing on her computer. I make her sneeze. But she feeds us! Lots! So I’m getting big and strong and she can’t feel my ribs as much any more. But I’m still the smallest of the three of us kittens, which is why she named me Tiny.

The crazy lady loves me, but she is already taking care of lots of big grown-up cats. She picks me up & holds me & pets me and I love it. I am snuggly and cuddly and curious, I like to sit on people’s shoulders, and I need a good, safe home. Because raccoons try to eat us here, and a neighbor kid has a BB gun, and there are big dogs that run loose. I need a safe home where I will stay indoors and be loved & petted.

If you would like to adopt me, email the crazy green-haired lady at lucindamichele (at) gmail (daht) com. And to learn more about the place called FixNation where the crazy lady is getting all us homeless cats spayed & neutered for free, click here.