Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Turkey Day Feast for Dogs

Tomorrow is the day for family, friends, football, and of course...EATING! With all those good smells in the house your dog is bound to give you puppy-dog eyes in hopes of a snack from the table. Well this year, don't feel bad for not giving him any or guilty for giving him too much. Simply bake him a turkey meal all his own.

Ingredients You Will Need:
2 lbs. ground turkey
2 eggs
2 cups cooked rice
8 oz. peas
3 carrots, diced
1 apple, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced

What to do with those Ingredients:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well by hand.
3. On a baking sheet, form the mixture into the shape of a bone (or a couple of smaller bones if you have multiple or small dogs)
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
5. Let cool and serve.

It's that simple! If only the rest of Thanksgiving was that way!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Holiday Prep: Dog vs. Bath

We all want our dog to be pretty and smell good all year long, but especially during the Holidays when we are expecting company. 

Regardless of who is bathing your dog, there are some good things to know about a dog’s skin before you bathe her.  You might think twice if you knew how a bath can affect your dog’s health.

For people who allow their dog on the furniture and in bed with them, it isn’t unusual to bathe the dog once a month or even weekly.  This is not necessarily bad for dogs, but a frequent bathing routine should be approached with caution.

Beneath the skin are special glands that produce an oily substance that coats hair and skin to protect it against moisture.  This waterproof layer also helps keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out.  Bathing with even mild shampoo can remove some of this layer.  For this reason, unless recommended by your veterinarian for a skin condition, you shouldn’t use medicated shampoo.   Medicated shampoos (like dandruff shampoo) are often too harsh and can cause more problems than they solve, making a skin condition worse.  Additionally, you should not use human shampoo or conditioner since it has a different pH balance and the chemicals are too harsh.  If frequent bathing is needed then use only the mildest dog shampoo.

To avoid dry and itchy skin, use a moisturizing shampoo or conditioner, like oatmeal.  And try to only towel dry your dog; but if you need to use a blow dryer use the lowest or cool setting to do so.
With proper maintenance, you can go 6 – 8 weeks in between grooming visits (or baths).  Here are a few easy ways to keep your dog looking and smelling fresh long after a bath:

1.       Brush – A lot of times, brushing can be as effective as a bath.  Getting rid of dead fur and dirt will alleviate smells and leave the coat looking lustrous.  Regular brushing also keeps matted and tangled hair at bay.

2.       Wipe – If your dog is like mine, then he pees on himself (not on purpose, just being lazy).  Wipes are a great way to “wash” his fur without really washing it. And it will leave him with a fresh scent (at least for a little while).

3.       Spritz – You can find dog cologne in almost any pet supply store.  It comes as a spray for your dog and, while typically given after a bath, it is good to use anytime. The grooming product company, Espree, currently has holiday scented cologne – like peppermint candy cane, gingerbread, and sugar cookie – available online at

Dachs 2 Danes offers full-service grooming (haircuts, nail trims, ear cleaning, baths, bows, cologne, etc.) to help make sure your pup is looking her best this Holiday season.  So whether it’s full grooming or just a bath, let us take care of the dirty work while you focus on more important things. Call Dachs 2 Danes today to book your next grooming appointment before the Holidays.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holiday Prep: Dog vs. Guests

The Holidays are always busy, not only with parties, shopping, and other activities, but with house guests too.  Having strangers in your home can be very stressful for your dog, which can lead to bad and uncharacteristic behaviors. 
Having guests over can be stressful enough as it is.  Try these tips to help make the experience a good one for everyone involved.
1.       Exercise.  Exercise is key for every dog before any company is expected.  A tired dog is a well-behaved dog who is less likely to terrorize your guests.
2.     Educate Educate your guests when they arrive on dog rules – Especially Children!
a.     Be respectful of the dog’s space – Only pet the dog on the shoulder or under the chin, and only after the dog accepts their hand in his space.
b.     NO Food or Drink – NO table scraps of any kind should go to the dog.  Keeping track of what food is given to your dog and how much should not be on your to-do list while entertaining guests.  Additionally, your guests may not know that there are many human foods a dog cannot digest such as onions, garlic, avocado, raisins, grapes, mushrooms, chocolate, all of which can make him very sick. Not to mention caffeine, sugar, and alcohol can make him very sick as well.
c.     Watch the Front Door – Don’t leave any doors or side gates open where the dog might get out.
d.     Misc. – Be sure to tell your guests any additional rules for your dog, such as no jumping, no begging, not allowed on the furniture, etc.     
3.     Separate.  Some dogs get too overwhelmed by company, so it may be best to let him keep to himself while you have guests. Place him in a safe and secure place (such as his crate or in a back room).  Give him a chew toy and turn on soothing music to help distract him from other noise. 
*If your dog is out with you and your guests and he snaps at a guest, remember to stay calm and remove your dog from the situation (follow ‘Separate’ instructions above). No Scolding, yelling, or physical punishment, as that will not help the situation. Calmly apologize to your guest and ensure they are not hurt.  A snap implies no actual contact but they may be startled or scratched. Then calmly deconstruct the incident and try to identify what happened so you can avoid future occurrences.

And take into consideration, it’s not uncommon for previously social dogs to become temperamental as they enter their senior years or if they are experiencing discomfort from a health problem.  If you suspect this may be true of your dog, it might be best to let him be by himself until your guests leave.      

Friday, October 31, 2014

5 Ways to Help Your Pup Enjoy Halloween

It’s All Hallows’ Eve!  While humans may look forward to the fun ahead, Halloween can be a very stressful time for dogs.  Imagine having to wear a cumbersome costume while trying to be taken seriously as you attempt to protect the house – which is constantly under attack by strange, short creatures that sort of resemble humans. 

Help your dog prepare for tonight’s festivities by doing the following:

1. First things first, Take your dog for a long walk or run before the trick-or-treating begins.  Your dog is less likely to be hyper, disobedient, or stressed out once strangers start coming to the door.

2. You may consider putting your dog in his/her crate in a quiet room away from the front door, so he/she won’t be disturbed by guests coming to the door.  Give him/her a chew toy to work on and turn on some soothing music to keep your dog’s attention in the room.   You may also want to leave the front door open so no one rings the doorbell, just for good measure.

3. Be sure your dog is secure inside the house. If your pup likes to bolt as soon as the door is open, make sure you have him/her on a leash, or behind a barrier, while answering the door.  You do not want to spend your Halloween night chasing after your dog.

4. If you are taking your dog out trick-or-treating with you, put a glow stick or some sort of light on him/her (or the leash), to ensure drivers can see your dog.

5. Don’t let anyone feed the dog.  Watch children closely as they are usually ready and willing to share their plunder. No chocolate, candy, or anything with refined sugar in it.  

Additionally: If you have a black cat, try to keep him/her indoors tonight.  

Have a happy and safe Howl’oween!

Friday, October 24, 2014

This Weekend: Pooches & Parades

90th Annual Anaheim Fall Festival & Halloween Parade

A long standing tradition in Anaheim, the Fall Festival & Halloween Parade will be running for its 90th year.  While the Anaheim Hallowe’en Festival was started in 1923, the parade wasn’t first held until the following year, on October 30th, 1924.  The parade was started as a way to discourage young people from mischievous Halloween pranks.  The festival and parade were instantly successful and continued to grow each year.  While it did lose its popularity in the 80’s, the long held tradition has made a comeback, and is once again a community favorite.

The Fall Festival starts at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., on Saturday, the 25th.  A family and dog friendly event, there is no shortage of things to see and do at the Fall Festival.  There will be craft booths, games, food, and vendors.  You can enter your kid in the Children’s Costume Contest or your dog in the Dog Costume Contest.  There will be story time, a pumpkin patch, as well as pot-bellied pigs.   At 6 p.m. the parade begins, and runs down Broadway, from around West St. to Anaheim Blvd.  If you are looking for something a little chilling, there is the Motel 6 Feet Under haunted house that is open from 7 – 11 p.m. on Oct. 24th, 25th, 31st, and Nov. 1st, and then again from 7 – 10 p.m. on Oct. 26th & 30th.

The festival and parade take place in Downtown Anaheim, south of Lincoln Ave. and East of Harbor, at the intersection of Lemon and Center Street Promenade. If you need an address for GPS, use 205 Center Street Promenade. Parking accessible on Oak Street.
14th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade

The biggest howl’oween event in California will be held Sunday, October 26th, 2014 in Long Beach.  Last year over 500 costumed dogs and a few hundred kids registered and walked in the world famous parade seen by over 3,000 dogless gawkers.  Each year the event raises thousands of dollars for the non-profit Community Action Team (CAT), which Haute Dog is a part of.  The money raised goes toward spay/neuter programs, adoption and rescue groups, Operation Santa Paws (bringing toys and blankets to shelter animals), and other Long Beach service projects.

The fair will take place from 12:30p.m. – 4:30p.m. with plenty to see and do such as vendors, pet adoption, bobbing for weenies, a treat stacking contest, bulldog kissing booth, huge pumpkin drops, and more.   The parade will begin at 2:30p.m. and last for about an hour.  The costume contests will include Best Dog Costume, Best Person Costume, Best Group, and Best Float (non-motorized, limit 4’ wide).  Gawkers are encouraged to bring a chair.  The event will be held at the Livingston Park located at 4900 E. Livingston Drive at Park Avenue in Belmont Shores, Long Beach.  For more information check out the Haute Dog website

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Dog’s Immune System

Like humans have a flu season, dogs have seasons when a contagious illness, such as canine cough, is prevalent.  But, just because your dog is exposed to a contagious virus does not necessarily mean he will get sick.  While the strength and strain of a virus do play a role, having a strong and healthy immune system can make all the difference.  Here are 5 easy ways to help your dog build a strong and healthy immune system.

5.   Keep your dog’s environment clean
While your dog may not mind being covered in dirt or having his slobber on everything, an unclean living environment can make him prone to illness and parasites.  Bacteria can easily grow on toys, crates, and bowls left unwashed.  Additionally, dander, dirt, fur, and possibly flea larva, will collect on beds, blankets, shrubs and the floor (carpet, dirt, concrete, etc.) if left unattended.  This creates a breeding ground for parasites, allergens, and other health hazards. A simple solution is to wash toys, bowls, and bedding regularly.  Keep his environment as clean as possible - free of dust/fur balls, debris, and bugs (including spiders).  And pick up all pet waste regularly, disposing of it in a waste bin away from your dog’s living area.

4.   Keep your dog groomed
Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to illness when they have poor hygiene.  Hygiene includes not only regular bathing but also trimming nails, cleaning eyes, ears and teeth, and regular brushing – keeping your dog’s fur free of mats and dander, and out of his eyes.  Ensuring your dog is not fighting any infections, or hosting fleas, ticks, or other parasites, will help keep him ready to fight any illness that comes his way.  

3.  Keep your dog social
Taking your dog out and about can have adverse effects, but the benefits outweigh the potential risks.  Exposing your dog to other dogs and new environments may or may not cause him to catch an illness, but it will help him build immunities regardless.  A dog living in a bubble (the backyard or your living room) will not have built up the antibodies he needs to fight infection if he should catch something.  Not to mention, such isolation can cause stress and depression, which weaken the immune system.  So despite the potential risk of catch a cold, don’t be afraid of letting your dog experience the world.      

2.       Give your dog regular exercise
The physical and psychological benefits of exercise are tremendous for a dog, and vital to their overall health.  Regular exercise strengthens the immune system and increases blood circulation.  It reduces the risk of heart disease and other illnesses, as well as a dog’s susceptibility to urinary infections.  It reduces or eliminates digestive problems as well as the chance of arthritis in senior years.  Exercise reduces stress and the likelihood of depression while helping a dog build confidence.  It keeps a dog from becoming obese which could result in depression and/or diabetes.  It calms hyperactive dogs and reduces boredom (and therefore bad behavior such as chewing, digging, and excessive barking).  And it reduces anxiety which may cause a dog to become aggressive or territorial. 

1.       Give your dog a well-balanced diet & supplements
A good diet is usually the first thing a vet will recommend for improving a dogs overall health, so do not underestimate the difference it can make.  A well-balanced diet with good meat and protein – low in preservatives, by-products, and grains (corn, wheat, soy) – will help your dog stay fit and ready to fight off illness.  Additionally, supplements can also help boost the immune system.  Neem oil helps boost T cell production, while vitamin C is a natural antiviral and antibiotic supplement.  Omega fatty acids – like Primrose oil, fish oil, and flaxseed oil – help with efficient digestion as well as the state of eyes, skin/coat, and internal organs. Dried beans – like kidney, pinto, and red beans – are natural antioxidants.  And Zinc supplements boost white cell production and promote fast healing of wounds. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Surf’s Up Pup!

It’s that time of year again, when the boards get waxed, the rash guards come out, and the sunscreen put on, as Orange County’s best surfers ride some waves.  But you won’t find Kelly Slater or Sunny Garcia at this world-famous event because this surf competition is for dogs only.
Spanning over 3-days, there is a wide variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy, and plenty of time to enjoy it.  While the additional festivities will take place at various locations, the actual surf competition will take place at the Huntington Dog Beach (at PCH and Goldenwest Street), with this year’s title sponsored by Petco.
The weekend kicks off Friday, September 26th, with a little bit of schmoozing at The Shorebreak Hotel, located at 500 Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach.  The evening will kick off at 6 p.m. with Yappy Hour, followed by the Opening Ceremonies, then a PAWabunga costume contest and awards.  Register online ahead of time and save.  

On Saturday, September 27th, the festivities will continue at the International Surfing Museum.  Located at 411 Olive Avenue in Huntington Beach, the museum will be holding the International Surf Dog Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony.  At the ceremony, three dogs will have their names and paw prints preserved on their own stone at the International Surfing Museum.  Visitors can also learn about the history of dog surfing (from the first surfing dogs to doggie surfboards) at the Dog Surfing History Exhibit which will be going on from 3:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.  Refreshments and Dog Surfing movies will be available for your enjoyment from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and the induction ceremony starts at 6:45 p.m.    

On Sunday, September 28th, is when the real fun begins.  Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the dog surfing competition begins at 9 a.m.  Divided by weight and judged by their ability to stay on their boards while riding a wave, dogs will compete in a series of heats to determine who will move on to the finals later that day.  At 12:30 p.m., the surf finals begin to determine this year’s surf champion.  The weekend will conclude with the awards and Closing Ceremony held at The Shorebreak Hotel at 2:15 p.m.  

It’s going to be a wet and wild weekend in Huntington Beach so grab the dog, some sunblock, fresh water, and your camera because you’re not going to want to miss it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Take a Walk with your Dog on Week 12

There are walking and hiking trails in every city in Southern California. Whether you are walking a secluded mountain trail or just a path around the local park, your dog will love the experience. 

The Benefits of Walking your Dog: 

Physical Health- Exercise is good for both you and the dog.  It helps clear your mind, keeps your body in shape and your vital organs operating properly, as it does for your dog. Your body releases endorphins, which make you happy (promoting further good health), and overall, that good health will prolong the life of you and your pups.  Exercise is as essential as eating a meal and should be apart of your daily routine.

Mental Health- Just like humans, dogs require mental stimulation on a daily basis. We would go crazy if we were confined to a house all day, every day; so why are we surprised when our dog does?  Dogs need a walk to get out and engage their sense. When they receive that stimulation they aren't as anxious, pent up, or prone to cabin fever.

Socialization- Being outside of your home with your dog lets him/her meet new people and dogs in a neutral area (i.e. not your dogs "territory" to protect).  Having a dog that can get along with other dogs and behave in public is a dream come true for most people. But you have to work at it.  Regular outings will help your dog relax around strangers and new situations, making new experiences less stressful (for both of you).    

Curb Behavioral Issues- Some dogs just have so much energy they don't know what to do with themselves. But any dog can get bored, and a frustrated dog can be a destructive dog. Regular exercise gives your dog an outlet for his/her energy.  A tired dog (from exercise) is most often happy, relaxed, and well-behaved.   

Work on Training-  Your dog might listen to your commands very well at home, but once you step out of that door, you may experience a whole new dog. Being out on a walk is the prefect opportunity to work on your training commands. Its always best to ensure you have a strong "Come, Sit, Stay" rapport with your pooch in case he/she should come off leash while away from home. 

Bonding- One of the most important reasons to walk your dog is the irreplaceable bond you get from it.  If you establish yourself as the pack leader, your dog will most likely listen better and be better behaved at home and in public. He/she will look to you for guidance in all situations and, if he/she feels you are a strong leader, he/she will be less anxious, knowing that you can handle any problems that arise.  

If you are looking for a walk to enjoy with your pup this week, walk for a good cause at the 17th Annual Walk for the Animals fundraiser.

The event takes place on Sunday, September 14, 2014 in Huntington Beach Central Park from 9 a.m. to noon.

Walk for the Animals is an annual fundraising event put on by the OCSPCA.  Each year has a theme where you and your dog can dress up, and this year's theme is Western Waggin' (country).  

This is a fundraising event, so participants are encouraged to raise money before the walk. There will be a Grand Pledge prize for the person who raises the most money, as well as special prizes for anyone who raises $150 or more.  In addition to the walk, there will be contests, entertainment, a silent auction, food trucks, and more. 

Well-mannered dogs, on short leashes, are welcomed to attend, but there is a 2 dog per person limit. They ask that no dogs less than six months of age attend, and females in heat are not allowed at all. 

The walk costs $30 and kids (under 12 years old) are free.

For more de'Tails' on this event, or to pre-register, check out the OCSPCA website


Friday, September 5, 2014

Make a Splash this Weekend!

Its that time again - the annual Doggie Pool-ooza event! So if you are looking for something to do this weekend, this is the event for you.

Summer may be coming to a close, but it isn't over yet. And the weather is certainly still hot enough to enjoy a pool party; so grab your sunblock and a towel and take the dog out for some fun in the sun on week 11 of Summer.

If you are unfamiliar Doggie Pool-ooza, it is a giant pool party for dogs.  Play fetch in the water, splash around with other dogs (and dog owners) or just get your paws in the shallow end.  There is an activity for every kind of water dog. In addition to the swimming for the dogs, this year's event will feature food trucks, along with pet adoptions, demos and workshops, contests, discount microchipping, and more!

This Saturday, September 6th, the fun starts at 10 a.m. at the Cucamunga-Guasti Regional Park, located at 800 North Archibald Avenue, in Ontario. The party lasts until 4 p.m., and costs $5 per person and $1 per dog.

Safety First:  Remember that even though you are playing in and around water, that doesn't mean you won't still be affected by the sun/heat.  Make sure you and your pup drink plenty of fresh water (bring your own to be certain you will have it). If your pup looks like he is getting too much sun, take a break in the shade for a while.  If your pup is over heating (panting heavily with a very red tongue), he may be experiencing heat stroke.  Be sure to cool down his belly, groin, and feet pads with cool water then rest in the shade and give him cool fresh water to drink.  And lastly, put on sunblock before you get there (don't forget your dogs nose - and body for short haired white dogs) and be sure to reapply during the day.  Being in the water may keep you cool but that water will reflect the sun, doubling your odds of getting sunburned.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Dog-Friendly Getaway on Week 10 of Summer

Labor Day – the unofficial end of summer and the last official holiday until November.   It’s the 3 day weekend everyone looks forward to and a great opportunity for a quick getaway.  After all, Labor Day is meant for you to take a load off from work and enjoy yourself.  So why not indulge and enjoy the weekend with your dog?

This Labor Day weekend, take a short trip north, to the beautiful city of Santa Barbara.  This coastal town will help you escape a bit of the heat we’ve been feeling here.

First, you’ll want to secure a place to stay.  There are a few hotels that accommodate furry companions:

Santa Barbara has a couple of luxury resorts that allow dogs, but make no mistake, they are luxury resorts, so you should not be surprised by the expensive price.  If you are interested, check out Bacara (for dogs 25 lbs and under) and Four Seasons Resort: The Biltmore Santa Barbara.

Mid-ranged priced places to stay include the Best Western Beachside Inn (which can have lower rates but it isn’t likely on a holiday weekend), Casa Del MarFess Parker’s Double Tree Resort (can be a little on the expensive side but with the size of the resort and dog accommodations, it may be worth it), Pacifica Suites, and the Secret Garden Inn and Cottages.

For those on a budget, there is always a dog-friendly Motel 6 wherever you go, or for a little more rustic charm and experience, check out Rancho Oso Guest Ranch and Stables.

Once you have a place to stay, you’ll want things to do.  While many of the beaches in Santa Barbara do not allow dogs, there are designated parks that do – and off leash even.

Douglas Family Preserve is a 70-acre park on a bluff overlooking the ocean.  The park has unpaved trails to explore but be sure to keep your dog on leash until you are on the preserve.  This park is located off the 101 at the Cabrillo Blvd. exit (drive toward the ocean).

Elings Park is a privately run nonprofit 230-acre park, chalk full of hiking trails, open fields, and beautiful views of the mountains and ocean.  This park is typically reserved for those who purchase a yearly permit to use it.  But people visiting just for the day are allowed to use the park for free, but only after you check in at the office and show your dog’s license.  This park is located off the 101 at the Las Positas exit (drive toward the ocean).

Hendry’s Beach/Arroyo Burro Beach is an off-leash beach for dogs to enjoy.  Be careful to stay within the dog beach boundaries though; go too far one way and you may find yourself in no-dog zone, which could land you a ticket.  This beach also has a dog washing station so you don’t have to take the beach home with you.

Stroll along Cabrillo Boulevard (which runs along the beach) on Sunday and you might catch the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Show.  Just be sure not to take your dog down to the beach here, because while your pooch is welcome on the sidewalk, he is not welcome on the sand.
If you wish to see a little more green on your trip, take a stroll through the 65-acre Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Featuring over 1,000 species of rare and indigenous California plants, this garden is sure to be a delight.

You are sure to work up an appetite after all of that exploring.  Unfortunately, Santa Barbara County’s health department put a stop to dogs being allowed to eat on restaurant patios.  There are some places that are still willing to serve pooches, you just have to ask around.  If you can’t find a place to eat, just get your food to go and enjoy a picnic with your dog elsewhere, or enjoy a quiet dinner together back at your hotel (which might be greatly appreciated after a long day of sniffing and running).

Enjoy a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend. Afterall, you deserve it!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

8th Week of Summer: Hit the Beach

As a native Californian you know that it’s possible to take the beach for granted.  But don’t let the summer pass you by without getting down to the coast at least once before the summer is over. 
This weekend, take a break from the hustle and bustle of life, and cool off in the coastal breeze as you relax on the beach with your dog.

Catch Some Rays at the Huntington Dog Beach…

One of the best places for a dog to be a dog is romping through the sand and splashing in the water at the Huntington Dog Beach.  Even if your dog doesn’t like the water, playing on the sand is a better workout for him then walking on concrete.  The dog beach can be found at the very end of Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach (around lifeguard tower 24).  The dog beach stretches from Goldenwest Street to Seapoint Street (to the right of Goldenwest when facing the beach from PCH).  There is metered parking along PCH or free parking one to five blocks inland, among the homes.  Check out the Huntington Dog Beach website for a list of beach rules and other FAQs.  Don’t forget to bring poop bags, a towel, fresh water for your dog, and sunblock if your dog requires it.  If it is your dog’s first time at the beach don’t be afraid to take it slow.  You want his first experience to be positive so you can come back again. 

Stop for a Bite at the Park Bench Café…

After a good run at the beach, your pup should be tired.  A tired dog is a good dog so it’s the perfect time to stop in at the Park Bench Café for a bite to eat.  Located at 17732 Goldenwest Street, in Huntington Beach, the Park Bench Café is a one of a kind stop for dog lovers who want to enjoy food and the beautiful outdoors with their four-legged friends.  After you order one of their delicious menu items for yourself, be sure to get something for your dog off the dog menu.  Your pooch can get a hot dog (without the bun), chicken, ground beef, bacon, lean ground turkey, and even eggs.  Check out the Park Bench Café website for a complete menu and list of dog rules to make sure your first visit there goes smoothly.    And if you have the energy after eating, you and your pup can saunter around the beautiful surrounding park before heading home.

Or Try Something New…

While the dog beach is a great treat for your four legged friend, sometimes you just want to switch things up.  Why not try a new beach, like Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.  Just south of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach has two piers, the second being Balboa Pier on the Balboa Peninsula.  This area offers a more laid back scene where you can fish from the pier, people watching, and enjoy a bite to eat at Ruby’s Diner while looking out over the ocean.  The pier isn’t the only thing to check out either.  Simply go inland to watch boats come and go in the Newport Bay or hop on the ferry and cruise over Balboa Island for a stroll.  This is a great way to enjoy the beach without getting sandy or wet, and your pup is sure to enjoy going on this new adventure with you.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

13 Weeks of Summer: Week 7 - Dog Days in Fullerton

This week take the opportunity to join in the camaraderie of the dog community.  Interact with other dog lovers and dogs by going to the outdoor market. 

Dog Days of Fullerton

The Fullerton Market is a favorite among locals, and rightly so.  Operating weekly, the market offers fresh produce, prepared foods, arts and crafts, jewelry, novelty and gift items, live entertainment, kid’s activities, and a beer garden.  
This Thursday, August 7th, you and your dog can experience the renowned market for yourself as the Fullerton Museum Center Association hosts the Fullerton Dog Days of Summer.

Dog Days at the Fullerton Market is a great opportunity to not only get a taste of the Fullerton but to join in the local fun with other dog owners. This special dog market will feature many dog-related vendors and activities to make sure you and your dog have a good time.  Sign your dog up for a contest, like Fastest Eater or Loudest Bark, and stop to enjoy dog demos.     

The fun takes place this Thursday, August 7th, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Fullerton Plaza located at 125 E. Wilshire Ave., in Fullerton.   

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dog Daycare Dream Comes True After 7-Year Struggle

Have you ever been so passionate about something that you would go through hell and high water for it?  Have you ever believed in something so much that you would risk everything just for a chance to turn your dream into a reality?

Over seven years ago, Erin Foate, a college student at the time, took a chance and pitched an idea to her entrepreneurial classmates at California State University of Fullerton.  Inspired by her own dog, she dreamt of starting a dog daycare. 

Being a relatively new concept, and not very common in most cities, Erin’s idea was met with mixed emotions.  From family and friends to complete strangers – some thought it was a great idea while others had a hard time imagining anyone would use such a service.   But Erin had faith in her idea and was able to write her business plan for her senior project. 

At the end of the school year she and her team presented it to a panel of judges who gave positive feedback.  One of the judges even showed interest in helping her get her initial start-up loan.  Erin was elated at the thought of being able to start her business right after graduation.  But, when she pursued the opportunity, it turned out to be a dead end.  The reality was that she needed two to three years of industry experience or one-third of the money she was asking to borrow. 

“I was heartbroken that my plans would have to wait for a little while.  But I was young and fresh out of college, and still really optimistic that it wouldn’t be long before I could move forward with my daycare.”

She continued at her office job, working to save up and apply for a loan as soon as possible.  Then a co-worker told her about a new dog daycare opening, so Erin applied and was the first to be hired.  It was not long before she went from working part-time on the weekends to managing the facility full-time.  But when she realized nearly three years had gone by, and she had made no progress on moving forward with her dream, she only felt more discouraged.

“I felt further from my dream than I ever had.  I had become complacent.  Nothing in my life was going the way I had planned and it put me in a miserable slump. I knew I had to make a change.”

In an attempt to shake things up in her life and rediscover her passion, Erin decided to take time off to travel.  Her boss agreed to hold her position for her until she returned.  But about one month later, Erin learned that her job would not be waiting for her when she returned.  

“In January of 2011 I found myself living back home with my parents.  I had no job, no car, and I was living off what was left of my savings while my parents and (then) fiancé helped me cover my bills.  I felt like a helpless burden on everyone.  I applied for a few jobs, but the prospect of working for someone else was daunting.  I wanted to determine my own fate, so I decided it was time to try again for a loan.”

Erin dusted off her business plan and updated it before calling the Small Business Administration (SBA) to apply for a loan.  Unfortunately, they were not interested in her schooling or industry experience.  Instead, they referred her to the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center.

“I didn’t understand why they would send me to the business center for classes when I had gone to school for business.  But what choice did I have?  So I went anyway, and it actually was the best place for me at the time.  I met a lot of other women (and men) struggling like me to make their dream a reality.  A majority of them had lost everything in recent years and they were starting over.  It gave me hope.”

It was then that she started Erin’s Pet Sitting and Care Services.  Different from her original plans of a daycare and boarding facility, providing in-home pet care was a way for her to work with animals without a facility or a loan, and as her own boss. 

Through the women’s business center she started taking free and low cost classes, meeting with experts, and talking regularly with a business counselor to make sure she was on the right track for her daycare plans.  She was also introduced to other programs, like the Riverside Community Action Partnership IDA (Individual Development Account) program, which helped her raise capital injection and allowed the company to continue growing. 

“My business was growing and I was feeling confident, so I went back to the SBA again in an attempt to get a loan.  I had the schooling, a solid business plan, and good credit.  I had the experience and money to contribute.  And I was now a young, growing company looking to expand.  I didn’t have collateral but my fiancé agreed to be my guarantor, so I felt my chances were good.” 

But while Erin felt strongly that she was ready, the loan specialist did not.  To Erin’s dismay she was told it would be another two to three years before she was ready.  Frustrated, Erin started looking at other lending possibilities, such as an unsecured loan or an investor, but neither seemed like viable options.  And funding was not her only challenge; finding a suitable location was just as frustrating.   Between strict ‘animal use’ zoning regulations and weary landlords, Erin had her work cut out for her. 

But she did not give up.  And finally, in 2013, she got a slight break after contacting the SBA one more time.  The loan specialist was optimistic about her chances of qualifying, so she started the paperwork.  Around that same time Erin had interest from a potential investor and found a potential building to rent as well.  Everything seemed to finally be coming together. 

Then the bad news started rolling in.  First, she did not qualify for one of the loan programs she applied for.  Then, the building she was pursuing turned out to be in a special zone that did not allow animal use of any kind.  The blow of sequential setbacks left Erin feeling stunned.  And while she was trying to regain confidence, she experienced a great personal loss that almost made her give up entirely.

“I was exhausted physically and crushed emotionally.  The thought of all the struggles I had been through, the feelings of frustration, anger, and hopelessness collided.  I did everything I was asked.  I had been so patient all these years and fought so hard, despite what anyone else thought, but none of it seemed to matter.  It felt like chasing paper in the wind – every time I got closer it just blew further away.  I didn’t think I had any fight left in me.”

Feeling defeated, Erin gave up on her dream to expand.  She told her potential investor that she was pulling the plug and she stopped looking for a building. 

“After a couple of months of sulking I realized I couldn’t give up, even if I wanted to.  This was my whole life, everything I believed in and everything I had worked for.  There was no Plan B or ‘if this doesn’t work out then I’ll try something else.’ This was it for me; and no matter how much I was hurting I had to get back in the game.”   

So she revised her business plan one more time.  With new plans to start a much smaller daycare, and focus on in-home pet care rather than boarding, she set out to try again.  This change allowed her to quickly find a building in a retail location in Anaheim where she could offer grooming, daycare, and training while still providing clients with in-home pet care and taxi service.
Now that she had a building in mind she went to the SBA one last time in hopes of securing a loan.  And while it was still an uphill battle to secure the loan, Erin finally got the answer she had been waiting for.
“I was approved! I was ecstatic, but also apprehensive that they would change their mind and I would be back at square one again. But they didn’t, and we were able to open our doors on June 16th, 2014.”

Forever grateful to her (now) husband, family, and business associates that helped her along the way, Erin could not be happier to see her facility up and running.  While she still has big plans for the future, she is focusing on her company in the present.  She hopes that her story will help others find the strength and courage to get through their own personal challenges. 

“I truly believe if you have a dream you are passionate about then you have to be prepared to fight for it.  There will always be people who doubt you, or put limits on you, but you can’t let them deter you.  Even when the odds are stacked against you and all you want to do is quit, you can’t.”

As Erin cleans up after the grand opening for her new company, Dachs 2 Danes, Inc., she reflects on her journey and the motivation she found to keep going. 

“It has been a long and winding road to open this dog daycare facility, but I never gave up on my dream.  I wanted to have a daycare where dogs could not only enjoy their time away from home but could actually benefit from it; and that’s what we aspire to do here.  It’s never too late to have a happy, well-balanced dog and, given the right environment and structure (like you find here), dogs can achieve that with us.  At Dachs 2 Danes we strive to enrich the lives of pets and pet parents by helping them experience more joy with one another, giving them peace of mind in each other’s absence, and helping them find balance.  Seeing the happiness it brings to people and knowing their lives are fuller are the reasons I fought so hard to make my dream a reality.” – Erin Foate, President.

About Dachs 2 Danes, Inc.
Located at 227 N State College Blvd. in Anaheim, Dachs 2 Danes, Inc. offers in-home pet care and training throughout North Orange County as well as dog daycare, grooming, and training at their facility.  Their intimate daycare and puppy preschool programs are training based, focusing on reinforcing balanced pack mentality and curbing bad behaviors that can be passed on to other dogs.  They offer a wide range of services and care for all pets, with the goal of giving peace of mind to the owners while away.

For more information call 714-533-BARK (2275) or visit

Monday, July 21, 2014

13 Weeks of Summer: Week 5: Run in the Sun

This weekend, the 5th week of summer, it's time to get down to the beach for a run along the coast.  You and your pup can participate in the HB Big 8K Run on Sunday, July 27th. If you're thinking, "There is no way I'm going to run for 8 miles!" have no fear because you don't have to.  The 8K run is for humans only, and the race that allows four-legged entries is a 2 mile WALK/run, so you don't have to run at all that day.  Just enjoy the beautiful beach weather with your furry friend as you walk to raise money for a good cause.
The 8K run starts at 8 a.m. and the 2K dog/human run/walk starts at 10 a.m. Parking is available at the State Beach Parking Lot at the intersection of Warner Avenue and PCH in Huntington Beach.

If participants register before July 16th the cost is $45 for the 8K, or $32 for the 2K.  If registered after the 16th, it is $65 for the 8K and $36 for the 2K. This is also a fundraising event where 100% of donations go to the Save a Warrior Foundation.  There will be a village of vendors, a DJ, and water for everyone at the event as well.

Race participants get a free bag at check-in, a finishing medal, a t-shirt, and professionally taken times.  At the end of the races winners will be awarded cash prizes and trophies. 

So come out to enjoy the beautiful weather; even if you don't join the race, you can cheer on the other runners.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

13 Weeks of Summer: Week 4

This week, enjoy a smorgasbord of activities with your pup at a fun and free event.  

Dachs 2 Danes, Inc., a pet care service provider, just opened a new dog daycare facility, and is having a grand opening celebration this Saturday, July 19th

As a fun way to showcase some of the many services offered, there will be an agility course, bike rides, nail trims, and massages – all free of course.  And you can’t have a party without good food and fun games.  There will be bobbing for weenies, contests (like sloppiest drinker), a pup pool, raffles for door prizes.  

Come tour our new facility, meet our staff, and get the scoop on what we are about.   There will even be intermittent Q & A time with our trainer throughout the event.  

Located just off the 91 & 57 freeways at 227 N State College Blvd. in Anaheim, this free event goes from 10a – 4p.  

So bring your pup for an afternoon of fun and see for yourself what makes Dachs 2 Danes different from the rest. 

Monday, July 7, 2014

13 Weeks of Summer: Week 3

Do you and your pup like music? Why not enjoy a concert in the park together?

Every summer, many cities hold a series of free outdoor concerts in the park.  Between all of the cities that make up Orange County, you are bound to find a type of music that suites you best.

During the 3rd week of summer you will find a selection of classic rock, jazz, and symphony orchestra music.    

On Wednesday, July 9th, you can enjoy:
*'Pops and Patriotic' music played by The Symphonic Winds of the Pacific at the City Hall Park (401 S Brea Blvd.) in Brea at 6:30 p.m.
*Jazz music brought to you by Tizer: Jazz World Rock at the Boiserranc Park in Buena Park (7520 Dale Street) from 7 - 9 p.m.
*Classic Rock played by The Answer at the Fullerton Sports Complex in Fullerton (560 E. Silver Pine Street) from 7 - 9 p.m.
*or your can get your classic rock fix from Ronny & The Classics playing at Peppertree Park in Tustin (230 W First Street) from 6 - 8 p.m.

On Thursday, July 10th, you can enjoy:
*A tribute to Elvis, preformed by Raymond Michael, at the Fountain Valley Recreational Center & Sports Park in Fountain Valley (16400 Brookhurst) from 6 - 8 p.m.
*Or a tribute to Fleetwood Mac, preformed by Rumors, at the Eastgate Park in Garden Grove (12001 St Mark Street) from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
*Folk, country and blues style music by Calico with Alice Wallace at Mason Regional Park in Irvine (18712 University Dr.) from 6 - 8 p.m.  

So grab a blanket, a lawn chair, and some friends and get ready to rock (or sway) along to your favorite classics or perhaps discover a new artist/group. 

These free concerts will continue through summer, featuring a different group each week, so even if you can't make it during the 3rd week of summer, put it on your calendar for a new adventure with your dog.

DON'T FORGET your petiquette while enjoying the concert.  Remind your pup to be on his best doggy behavior at all times.  Keep him on his leash, be sure to pick up any messes he leaves, and bring plenty of fresh water for him.  

There are more cities offering free concerts in the park.  Click on the link for a more complete list of the OC Summer Concert Series or visit

Join the Dachs 2 Danes pack this Wednesday night for the Fullerton concert, featuring classic rock played The Answer.  The Fullerton Sports Complex is located at 560 E. Silver Pine Street in Fullerton.  The show starts at 7 p.m. We'll have dogs and be wearing Dachs 2 Danes t-shirts so you can find us. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

13 weeks of Summer: Week 2

Looking to celebrate 4th of July with your dog this year?

Being that the 4th of July is on a Friday, this could be a great opportunity for a 3-day getaway.  But even if you are staying in town this weekend, there are still lots of things you can do with your dog to celebrate.

No matter where you will be this coming Friday, there is no escaping the loud "Boom, boom" of fireworks.  As such, 4th of July is not a favorite holiday for most dogs since the alarming noise can be very upsetting.  

Giving your dog exercise and stimulation during the day, can help decrease the anxiety most dogs experience that night.  If you are looking for an activity that will give your dog more stimulation than an everyday walk, consider taking your dog out for one of the many local 4th of July parades.  The parade will not only give your dog exercise (walking around) but will also give your  pup lots of new sights and smells to check out.

Some parades going on this Friday include:

Anaheim Hills Parade: Festivities begin at 8 a.m., including a Yankee Doodle Dog Show (starting at 10 a.m. at Canyon High School) which features different dog contests that your dog can participate in. The parade starts at 5 p.m. and will run along Santa Ana Canyon Road from Imperial Highway to Pinney Drive.
You can walk with your dog along the Newport Harbor and watch the Newport Beach Old Glory Boat Parade at 1 p.m.

Or enjoy a bit of the costal breeze at the Lake Forest 4th of July Parade or the 4th of July Parade & Pier Festival in Huntington Beach.

Or, if you have plans with family or friends, and you don't want your pup stuck at home all day, bring him or her over for a day of daycare.  Let your dog tire himself out so he will be nice and relaxed when he gets home later that evening.

Whatever you decide to do during the day, just be sure to get your dog home and settled in before the fireworks start (which most are scheduled for 9 p.m.)


Before you leave for the night to enjoy fireworks, make sure your dog is taken care of.  Most, if not all dogs, hate loud and startling noises; and fireworks are at the top of that list.  Fireworks can make the perfect dog turn into the most neurotic dog you’ve ever seen.  

To help keep your dog’s sanity and your property in tack we suggest the following:  
  1. Make sure your dog is inside the house before leaving for the night. If you have an outside dog, then put them in the garage (after the sun goes down so they don’t suffer a heat stoke). If your dog is allowed inside the house, put them in a room furthest from where you think the firework noise will be coming from (for example, if the fireworks show is at a local school just east of your house then put your dog in the furthest room to the west).
  2. Turn on soothing music.  Classical music or soothing nature sounds are the best option, but almost anything will do as long as it isn't angry or harsh music that would cause your dog further anxiety. (FYI: the classical FM station is 91.5) You don't want to turn the volume all the way up, making your dog deaf or causing more anxiety, but make it loud enough to distract them from outside noises.  
No matter what you decide to do this holiday weekend, please keep your dog’s health, happiness, and safety in mind.  Don’t become a statistic.  If you take them to the river, please remember that life jacket while on the water.  If you take them on a road trip, please remember that seat belt harness.  Lots of water, shade, and sun block will keep your dog happy and healthy as well.  Enjoy your Independence Day with your whole family, four-legged family members included!