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[ content ] 3 editor’s letter 4 doggie treats 6 book bites 7 black dog syndrome 8 what a mutt 9 moving with your dog 10 feature story Moss Beach Distillery 13 special event Stars to the Rescue 14 tails and tales


10 BAY AREA DOG Volume 2, Number 1 Winter 2011 Publisher & Editor Everard G. Strong Sales General Inquiries BAY AREA DOG magazine P.O. Box 30442 Walnut Creek, CA 94598 GO BIG, GO DIGITAL Go to to experience a digital version of this magazine that includes extra content, “flippable” pages just like a real magazine, and extra cool stuff like videos, recipes, advice, and more. All for free ... all for you.

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ABOUT THE COVER Charlie is a female English Bulldog owned by Danielle Bromstead. She's 4 years old and the love of her life. Danielle says she has a great personality, loves people and obviously Charlie lets her dress up in clothing with no problem! Photo: Pam Biasotti, You Had Me at Woof photography,

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have a confession to make, one that I think is particularly pertinent considering I am the publisher and editor of Bay Area Dog magazine. Currently, there are no dogs in our household. Shocking, I know. A dog has been a part of my life in one way or another for a huge chunk of my forty plus years, and I had no reason to believe they wouldn’t continue to be so. However, at the current time there are two main reasons there are no dogs in my life: f we have found that my daughter is allergic to doggie saliva and (ironically) she really wants a puppy of her own so we’re being selective in the process to make sure all the pieces fit. This means that for now I am currently living vicariously through you, the readers. As you send me photos and stories and anecdotes about the dogs in your lives, it keeps the memories of all the dogs I’ve had the pleasure of knowing fresh in my mind. From the first dog I remember — a happy little mutt named Lady — on to Quetzie (our Sheltie, named after the Quetzal bird), Jeeves, Jezebel, Abby, Baloo, Matty, and Sassy, they are all reasons why I launched Bay Area Dog magazine: to create a magazine for and by dog lovers where we can share stories and memories. So ... keep those stories and photos coming! Send them to editor@badogmagazine. com and we will either include them in our upcoming issues or post them online. Bay Area Dog 3

[ BAD doggie treats ] Support with Style Fred Meyers Partners with Humane Society

What do you get when you take a simple pawprint design and dress it up with diamonds? For Fred Meyer Jewelers, the result is a collection of pendants, rings, charm bracelets, and earrings dubbed PAWSitively Yours and offered in honor of our favorite furry friends. Three dollars from the sale of each piece will go to the Humane Society’s efforts to stop puppy mills and rescue animals from disaster and large-scale cruelty situations. » Pieces in the collection range in price from $99.99 to more than $500. They can be found online at and in Fred Meyer Jewelers stores.

Smooth Move Functional Smoothie Treats For Doggies

Smart Pup is an all-natural line of functional smoothie treats, scientifically formulated to provide key active ingredients that can improve your dog’s health. These stable, single-serving cups can be served straight from the cup, mixed with dry food, or frozen as an extra treat. Low in calories and with a great peanut butter and banana flavor, dogs can’t resist them. » $5.95 for a box of four,


couture Still Standing Benefit for the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society MusixShare, a social enterprise bringing together musical artists and the causes they support, announced the launch of their Web site today with the release of their first digital Cause Compilation, Still Standing. The compilation, which brings together the talents of several San Francisco-Bay Area artists including: Luce, Maurice Tani, Jenn Courtney and 77 El Deora, Karmacoda, Farewell Typewriter, Roadside Attraction, The Whitehalls, Two Way Radio, and Vanessa and Her Many Moons, will benefit the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society ( who are focused on rebuilding after a devastating fire on May 20, 2010. » $9.99, available for download at

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Think of her as an exercise machine with hair.

You don’t have to join a gym to get a workout. Recent studies show that every hour of moderate physical activity can add two hours to your life. So there’s no need to radically alter your exercise habits to improve your health, and live longer! Just enjoy everyday activities like walking the dog. Washing the car. Cutting the grass. Playing golf. Or just taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

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[ BAD book bites ]

Dogs and the Women Who Love Them Allen and Linda Anderson / New World Library

Along the lines of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, these insightful true stories about women whose lives change with the introduction of a new four-legged furry friend will inspire all dog lovers, man or woman. An example: Frankie, a dachshund in a doggie wheelchair, inspired Barbara Techel to write award-winning children’s books; she designed a school campaign with Frankie to help children appreciate differences in each other. » $14.95 available at

Chewed Art: The Art of Deconstruction Christopher Ward / Gem Book Publishers

You could call them overactive, untrained dogs who like to chew anything and everything they can reach, or you could call them artistes. Professional photographer Christopher Ward spent six years cataloging the many objects, tools, and household items that passed through his two dogs’ jaws. The results are beautiful and thoughtprovoking. Available for now only as a Kindle download through, Ward is looking to raise money to print a hardbound, coffee table edition. » $9.95 for the digital download from Find out more at

Fat Cats and Lucky Dogs

Barry Seltzer and Gerry W. Beyer / Galye Yam, Inc. Though it may not be a topic we’d like to think about, it is a situation that those of us with pets need to consider: what will happen to our animal friends if we were to pass away tomorrow? This helpful book spells out the best way to make sure your dog, cat, bird, or other animal will be taken care of after your gone. Written in a down-to-earth style with funny anecdotes and trivia, the book is as entertaining as it is educational. » $39.95 from

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Black Dog Syndrome some dogs are overlooked because of their color


ogs living in shelters await the chance to be adopted by loving families, but black dogs in general tend to be harder to place because of people’s misperceptions about them. These dogs are often the last to find homes, if they do at all. The problem is so common, adoption professionals have dubbed it “black dog syndrome.” There are a few reasons people may pass up on owning a black dog. • Dog breeds, such as Dobermans and Rottweilers, are dark in color. People may assume that all black dogs tend to be aggressive or protective. In fact, it is often the way a dog is raised that dictates its disposition, regardless of the dog’s color or breed. • Another possible explanation is that black dogs do not photo– graph well. When individuals search print advertisements for shelter dogs or browse online placement sites, black dogs do not show up as expressive as lighter-colored ones. • Because they do not show up well in film and in photos, Holly– wood often chooses lighter dogs over black dogs. This can make people believe that black dogs are unpopular. • Black dogs have often been condemned in folklore. People may have visions of lurking black dogs preying on livestock or haunting shadowy corners. Like black cats, black dogs can seem ominous. • Black is a depressive color, and individuals may transfer their thoughts of the color onto the animal. • Human nature is to look at bright, sparkly things. A light dog next to a black dog may appear more attractive. • In warmer climates or sporting competitions, black dogs tend to overheat faster than lighter counterparts. Individuals who are active may ignore a black dog for this reason. There are people who do not believe in black dog syndrome. Because black and brown tend to be dominant colors in many breeds and because many shelter dogs are mixes of breeds, it makes some sense that there are more black dogs in shelters for this reason alone. Either way, people are urged to remember that coat color does not dictate the temperament of a dog. Individuals shopping around for a new pet should look carefully at all the dogs available; who knows, an ebony pup may become a child or adult’s new best friend.

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Oh Please Oh Please Oh Please

(next time you go away)

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What a Mutt! Your puppy ought to be in pictures


he My Mutt program, made available in all thirty-six Bay Area Pet Food Express stores, can make your pet a superstar—and in turn help your local pet rescue centers and shelters. Don’t be fooled by its name, the My Mutt program happily will display purebreds, cats, hamsters, birds – you name it. The procedure is simple, and makes a great gift for a family member or friend. All you have to do is make a donation of at least two hundred and fifty dollars to a Bay Area non-profit rescue or shelter of your choice. Once the donation is made, Pet Food Express will hire a professional pet photographer to arrange a photo shoot of your adorable critter (like the ones you see on this page). Once you choose an image, Pet Food Express blows up the image to poster size and puts it on display in the store of your choosing. You get to see your “celebrity” pet every time you shop for food and supplies! “The My Mutt program has many wonderful stories connected to it, but perhaps those that tug on the heartstrings more than any are the ones involving pets that are very old or those that are ill and near the end,” says Mike Murray, director of community outreach for Pet Food Express. “What we hear after the pet has passed on is how meaningful the program really is to people. When you look at the posters in our stores, know that each one is special.” Those who donate the minimum two hundred and fifty dollars will see their poster displayed in the store for six months — for a donation of five hundred dollars or more, the image will be up for a year; at the end, the poster goes home with the family who donated. My Mutts has also been a successful fund-raising effort for area animal rescue groups. Golden State Greyhound, for example, has an annual operating budget of only fifty thousand dollars, says group co-founder Stu Homer. Much of that is spent repairing damaged limbs on former racetrack dogs. “It’s been a fantastic relationship,” Homer said of Pet Food Express. “We use the My Mutt as a fund-raiser with our raffles.” While all of the photos are unique, Pet Food Express recently began further personalizing the images by having the photos taken in recognizable locales near the stores where they will be displayed.

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For example, in the new Pleasanton store, there are photos throughout the historic downtown area. In 2010, Pet Food Express also began photographing local police K9 officers, such as Ivan the German Shepherd, now displayed in the front window, standing proudly in front of “his” patrol car in Downtown Burlingame. The Burlingame location is also assisting Officer Roy Bryson with his effort to purchase more police dogs. Many departments are decreasing their funds for K9 programs or ending the programs completely. Each year the My Mutt program has seen increased donations, and Pet Food Express is setting an impressive goal for 2011 — one million dollars raised in total for the program. That level of funding will help many dogs, cats and small animals leave the shelters and rescues and find forever homes. » FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Those who just welcomed a new dog into the family have a task at hand: naming that new addition. Just like any new member of the family, forethought must be given to the pet’s name to ensure he or she will fit in with the family. The Veterinary Pet Insurance Company compiles a list of the most popular dog names thanks to registered policies. Here are top twenty. Max Buddy Molly Maggie Jake Daisy Lucy

Rocky Bailey Sadie Ginger Chloe Harley Sophie

Buster Zoe Cody Charlie Bear 20. Jack

‘Your Pet-Friendly Realtor’

Moving with a Dog make the move as painless as possible Representing Clients in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties


oving to a new home can be stressful on your pets, but there are things you can do to make the process as painless as possible. Experts at The Pet Realty Network (www.petrealtynetwork. com) offer these helpful tips for easing the transition and keeping pets safe during the move: 1. Update your pet’s tag. 2. Ask for veterinary records. 3. Keep medications and food on hand. Keep at least one week’s worth of food and medication with you in case of an emergency 4. Seclude your pet from chaos. Pets can feel vulnerable on moving day. Keep them in a safe, quiet, well-ventilated place, such as the bathroom, on moving day with a “Do Not Disturb! Pets Inside!” sign posted on the door. 5. Play it safe in the car. It’s best to travel with your dog in a crate; second-best is to use a restraining harness. Provide your pet with familiar toys. Never keep your pet in the open bed of a truck or the storage area of a moving van. In any season, a pet left alone in a parked vehicle is vulnerable to injury and theft. 6. Get ready for takeoff. When traveling by air, check with the airline about any pet requirements or restrictions to be sure you’ve prepared your pet for a safe trip. Some airlines will allow pets in the cabin, depending on the animal’s size, but you’ll need to purchase a special airline crate that fits under the seat in front of you. If traveling is stressful for your pet, consult your veterinarian about ways that might lessen the stress of travel. 7. Ask your current vet to recommend a doctor in your new locale. 8. Prep your new home for pets. Pets may be frightened and confused in new surroundings. Upon your arrival at your new home, immediately set out all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, and toys. Keep all external windows and doors closed when your pet is unsupervised, and be cautious of narrow gaps behind or between appliances where nervous pets may try to hide. If your old home is nearby, your pet may try to find a way back there. 9. Once you find a new veterinarian, ask if there are any local health concerns such as heartworm or Lyme disease, or any vaccinations or medications your pet may require. Article contributed by Suzanne Looker, your pet-friendly Realtor.

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ituated in Half Moon Bay, Moss Beach Distillery has been a fixture of Bay Area, state, and national prominence since it originally opened its doors in 1927. Built as a speakeasy during the prohibition era, the Distillery’s history is filled with bootleggers, movie stars, and perhaps their most well-known resident, a ghost known as “the blue lady,” most recently given a guest spot on the nationally syndicated show Unsolved Mysteries. However, as of July of 2010, Moss Beach Distillery has made a conscious decision to open up its doors and outdoor patio to a new clientelle ... the four-legged, tailwagging kind. »

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lready well-known among Bay Area foodies for its sweeping views, heated outdoor patio, a wide selection of wine and cocktails, and freshly-made contemporary dishes (according to their Web site, they use all-natural meats and poultry, wild-caught seafood, and organic vegetables whenever possible, and their fry oil is free of trans-fats), Moss Beach Distillery answered a need they saw missing: cater to their dog-loving guests. The results show a business that goes beyond being “dog-friendly” to putting out a red carpet for Fido and friends. First thing they did was put together a dog-focused menu (as shown at right) that includes such delectable morsels as a skirt steak, chicken breast, hot dogs, and a bowl of kibble (worth their price in bones, of course). Over two hundred and fifty entrees have been served since the menu’s introduction, with the grilled chicken breast being the paws-down favorite item so far. Looking for ways to not only serve their customers but keep them involved, the Distillery used their Facebook page to launch a dog photo contest, where fans could vote on the cutest dog — since then almost one hundred and fifty dogs have smiled for the camera on Moss Beach Distillery’s heated patio. The winner, a lovely Rhodesian Ridgeback named Keenan, was awarded a one-hundred

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dollar gift certificate to the restaurant, and the runner-ups were each given fifty and twenty-five dollar certificates. For Halloween, the Distillery sponsored a doggie costume contest, with Max the Yorkie, dressed as a pirate, trotting off as the winner with his onehundred dollar certificate. This past Christmas, dogs were invited to come in and take their photo next to the Distillery’s stuffed Santa. Guests were given a photo as a souvenir. Located only an hour’s drive from the Bay Area, and with amazing food for both human and canine (and special Happy Hour pricing every weekday from 5 to 7 PM), Moss Beach Distillery offers a restful reprieve from hectic city life, or a great place to end up after a nice long walk or run on the beach. » FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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et aside Friday, January 7 and have them hold a seat for you and your friends at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. What is so special about that date? Why, that’s when ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) and its founder, Tony LaRussa, will be hosting Stars to the Rescue XX. Starting at 7:00 PM, guests who have managed to score a highly coveted seat to the event will be treated to live performances of music and comedy. Early confirmed performers include Grammy-award winning trumpeter Chris Botti, Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers), and Timothy B. Schmidt (of the Eagles). That takes care of the musical side of things. On the funny side of the night, the lineup will include performances by Lewis Black and Kathleen Madigan. Proceeds from this lively event will provide essential support for ARF’s lifesaving programs for animals and people. » THE DETAILS Stars to the Rescue XX Friday, January 7, 7:00 - 11:00 PM Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek Tickets: $50 and $100 VIP Tickets: $250 Tickets can be purchased online at www.arf. net or by calling (925) 943-SHOW. VIP Tickets can be purchased by calling (925) 296-3118.

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[ BAD tails and tales ]

Peanut, We Salute You “We purchased Peanut from a breeder in Gilroy — my wife was recovering from breast cancer and had a desire for a Chihuahua (we later learned that Chihuahuas are used to ward off cancer in Mexico). Peanut was born November 15, 2003, around the time of my wife’s surgery. We wanted a female and we were shown two from the litter. One couldn’t sit still and looked like she might be too much for my wife to handle. The second one cuddled up in her arms, and that’s all she wrote. To us Peanut is heaven-sent, and we woulnd’t trade her for a thing.” Submitted by Ira Silverman

THIS IS YOUR PAGE Show us your dog-powered creativity: poems, photos, sculptures, illustrations, and other projects. Submit submissions to editor@ Photos need to be 300 DPI, 5x7 minimum. More details available online at www. We don’t guarantee inclusion, but we will try our best!

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