Oak Farm Vineyards Winery Dog Bernie

Discover Lodi and their pet-friendly wineries

For many, traveling with our pets is the optimal way to tour the country. We love having our furry friends tag along and partake in our experiences. Often our canine kids are happier joining us instead of being stuck in a kennel or at home with a pet sitter. Being the wine enthusiast I am,

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Mary McGrath and her Mother

The Comfort of a Dog: An Unexpected Gift from My Mother

My mother died yesterday. The five stages of grief have not hit me yet, but I know they are coming. No one can prepare you for the death of a parent, especially your mother. It is a personal journey we all have to endure. I spent the past 24 hours in a whirlwind of emotions

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Holly on the floor

IF CATS COULD TALK, WHAT WOULD THEY SAY?

So many of my friends are dealing with the empty nest syndrome. You know, the kids leave, and then you wonder if you have anything in common with your spouse anymore. Sound familiar? We have three cats, and I’m so glad we don’t have to deal with this. What would it be called anyway? Empty

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Lexi Wearing a T-Shirt After Surgery

Laparoscopic Spay: The New Option

When my veterinarian, Dana Bleifer, owner of Rose City Veterinary Hospital described a less invasive way to spay female dogs and cats, the idea intrigued me.  I wanted to observe the procedure so I could share with others what I discovered. Little did I know I would be watching my own dog’s spay procedure or

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Holly Eying the Cat Box

Cat Box Chronicles

For those of you with multiple cats, cat box decorum can be a daunting task. I find it endlessly fascinating for some reason. Maybe I need to get a life, or perhaps pose the question on Facebook. We have several cat boxes available for our three cats, but for some reason, our cats seem to

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Cats on the bed

Cats in the bedroom-What’s an owner to do?

We have three cats in our household. Since I like animals better than people, if I had my way, I’d probably have about 12-15 of them, assuming someone else managed the cat box and kibble chores, so I could kick-back and just enjoy the zoo of activity. But that’s not going to happen. I’m in

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Lexi on pet medications after Surgery

Save on pet medications at Costco Pharmacy

Like our children when our pets get sick we want the best for them. Sometimes we find that many of the pet medications needed to get our furry friends well are outrageously priced especially if purchased at your veterinarian. Even the online pet drug pharmacies are expensive. What most people do not know is that

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Saluki with Flamengo plush toy

4 Things I Learned When My Dog Swallowed a Soft Toy

It never fails; emergencies with our dogs always seem to happen in the middle of the night. Most of us always hope we can wait until morning to see our vet. Not so when your dog has ingested something potentially harmful. Such was the case when Zoe, our Saluki, decided to consume her favorite toy, a

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Peaceful Pets Aquamation: A dignified eco-friendly alternative to cremation

One of the most difficult things every person faces during their lifetime is saying goodbye to a loved one. This includes our pets. Our dogs and cats hold a very special place in our hearts. For many they are our children. Discovering the appropriate aftercare services for your pet can be daunting because so many

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Toby: A blind dog’s journey

Every once in a while I come upon a story that is so inspiring and moving, it really resonates with me. Such is the case when I was visiting Ecluse Winery and met Toby, a blind dog that is the inspiration for the winery’s second label, Blind Dog Wines. It is not the wine but

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