Sunday, January 31, 2010

Flush Puppies

Have you guys heard of this? Flushable doggie waste bags that are water-soluble and break down in about ten minutes (and are also 100% biodegradable if thrown in the trash). The company's site ( says that "in a city of 100,000 people or 43 square miles, dogs can generate about two and a half tons of feces per day. That's almost two million pounds a year."

Oh boy that's a lot of poop bags.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

The power of suggestion

Putting the finishing touches on my article for the March issue of BayWoof. Topic? Running with dogs.

Every time I work on it, I want to put it down and go run!

I think that's what Daisy's thinking, too.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tennis Balls: the root canal of all evil

Does your dog have worn-down canine teeth? Is she also the World Champion of fetch? There could be a connection: chewing tennis balls can cause tooth abrasion, abnormally rapid loss of the top of the crown of the tooth.

What's an active dog to do? Try rubber balls, like Chuck-It Ultra

or the Planet Dog "Orbee."

Of course, the best advice comes straight from your favorite vet. Don't be shy about asking what toys (or chewies) your vet recommends. The Rx will always end in play!

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Bullylicious!--one night only

A Bay Area Benefit for Bully Breeds,
presented by Bad Rap and Pinups for Pitbulls

February 20, 7:00 p.m.
$10 cover
18+/21 for beer and wine bar

Burlesque by Little Darling, Bunny Pistol & Barbary Coast
Live music by 77 El Deora and Patty Schemel of Hole
Raffle--Silent Auction--Merch--Pinups and Bullies

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Moscow dog-friendlier than ...Bay Area?

Let alone PET dog-friendly; even the strays there are allowed on subways (apparently). Check it out: Financial Times article and photo blog.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cute online game: Pavlov's Dogs

This short but sweet game, courtesy of, demonstrates classical conditioning in action! Ever want to make your spouse salivate at the word "chores"? Pair this technique with chocolate, folks, and you'll have a spotless house in no time.

Play it here.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Tale of Two Dog Parks

Daisy and I decided to try out a new dog park today, McKinley Square in the Potrero Hill neighborhood (find it at 20th Street at Vermont). This is a small park, less than an acre, with just the hillside located on the west slope of the park okayed for off-leash play. However, the view is spectacular (like most dog parks in the Bay Area), and there's a nice, wood-chip-surfaced trail connecting the dog park area to the kids' playground and street parking at the top of the hill. When we went, at 11 a.m. on a weekday, we were all alone except for the fog and a woman with an elderly Rottie.

Daisy says: 2 paws up.

After lunch, we stopped by our old stomping ground at Alamo Square Park. We love this place for more reasons than we can count: the dogs and people are chill (it tends to be owners with one or two dogs, unlike many dog parks frequented by group dog-walkers, where the ratio can commonly reach 7-10 dogs per 1 human); there's a lot of space and paths to explore, with both shade and sun in abundance; and there's a drinking fountain we both can reach. Street parking can be tricky, but keep driving around the park and you're bound to find a spot within a couple rounds. Afterward, hit up the Corner Store (Scott Street at Hayes) for a cup of their Alamo Square blend and the best deli sandwich around, manned by a couple of film students and a die-hard Red Sox fan. They'll take care of you.

Daisy says: 4 paws up.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Valentine's Day Photo Contest!

Send us your favorite dog photo
with a Valentine's Day theme.
Or Anti-Valentine's Day--
we love those too!

Winners will get awesome prizes, including:
Grand Prize: Original ink or watercolor portrait of your pooch
by Berkeley artist Maria Leria
Runner-up: Gift certificate for Holistic Hound or pet boutique of your choice
Booby Prize: This one's a surprise. Don't worry; you'll love it.

Photo submissions due by February 1st, 2010, at midnight.
Post to
Rebel Dog's facebook page or send as attachment to Winners will be contacted by February 10th, 2010, via facebook or email.

All submissions will be posted to the
Rebel Dog facebook site for your enjoyment.

Thanks, and have fun!!

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

"Mine" - Documentary about pets and Katrina

This heartbreaking documentary follows New Orleans residents who were separated from their pets during Hurricane Katrina. Thousands of pets were left behind during the disaster, but many of those were saved and eventually rehomed by rescuers. "Mine" tells the story of what happened next. Watch the trailer.

See it now at:

Roxie Theater
16th Street at Valencia, SF
Jan. 9-14

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Recipe: No-Bake Oat 'n Fruit Crunchies!

1 cup nut butter

2 tablespoons melted butter

2 tablespoons molasses

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1/2 cup dried cherries (or cranberries, apples, or mango)

2 cups cheerios

Combine nut butter, butter and molasses in a large bowl.

Stir in yeast and fruit.

Add cereal and stir gently but thoroughly.

(If mixture is very sticky, add a bit of flour.)

Roll into balls or mold into cookie shapes.

Place treats on cookie sheets covered in waxed paper.

Refrigerate until firm.

When firm, balls may be removed from sheets and stored in

tupperware in the fridge.

Great for teething puppies!

(Recipe courtesy of

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Happy New Year!

"Happy New Year!"
from our family to yours.