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Letter from Coastal Canine

“To never know the love of a dog is to miss the best thing life has to offer.” ~ Unknown

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e would like to thank our readers for the enthusiastic response to our spring issue with Doris Day on the cover. We received calls from all over the country and some from overseas for copies of that collector’s issue. The temperatures are warming up, and for people and dogs summer means fun, fun, fun! Our summer issue includes many ideas for having fun in the sun with your dog while staying cool. The sport of dock diving is sweeping the country and becoming more popular each year. Doggone Dirty Dock Diving in Hollister has a great facility for enjoying this sport with your dog and Carmel Canine Sports Center in Carmel Valley hopes to offer Dock Diving once they get their permits to open to the public.

Editor/Publisher Carie Broecker Photographer/Writer Scott Broecker Graphic Design Olivia Trinidad Ad Design Brandl Tucker Website Design Monica Rua

Contributors Cindie Farley Kathleen Huffman Whitney Wilde Copy Editor Cindie Farley Please direct letters to the editor or advertising questions to:carie@coastalcaninemag.com 831-601-4253 Subscriptions are $25 per year within the United States. To subscribe, please send check payable to Coastal Canine, P.O. Box 51846 Pacific Grove, CA 93950 or subscribe online at www.coastalcaninemag.com/homedelivery.html.

Learn more about Carmel Canine Sports Center and their vision for a paradise for athletic dogs. Speaking of paradise, read about four dream dog parks gifted to four lucky communities and find out about the top twelve dog parks in the country.

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The Live Oak Off Leash Advocates (LOOLA) are a local group working toward getting more off-leash beaches approved in Santa Cruz County for the benefit of all fun-loving dogs and their guardians.

Coastal Canine is dedicated to the memory of Sunshine Broecker.

Meet Bud, the Pit Bull, who sported a pair of goggles while accompanying Horatio Jackson on an adventurous crosscountry trip in 1903 in a Winton car with no roof and no windshield. And speaking of travel, if you’re planning a trip this summer without your four-leggers, be sure to refer to our pet sitter’s checklist for tips before you leave. We hope you will enjoy all the articles and photos in this issue as much as we enjoyed bringing them to you!

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Coastal Canine Issue #23, Summer 2014. Published quarterly (four issues per year). Copyright © 2014 Coastal Canine. All rights reserved.

Disclaimer: Coastal Canine is intended for entertainment purposes only. Please seek professional assistance from your veterinarian or qualified dog trainer before implementing any information acquired within these pages. Any resources mentioned are provided as a convenience to our readers, not as an endorsement.

Coastal Canine is printed on 10% recycled paper. All inks used contain a percentage of soy base. Our printer meets or exceeds all Federal Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) Standards. Our printer is a certified member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) The FSC sets high standards that ensure forestry is practiced in an environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable way. Summer 2014 | coastalcaninemag.com | 5


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Rescue Me – Shane and Jack 10 Two dogs find love with the same family after hard times. of the Day – Thor Saves Lives 12 Dog Deputy Fleming and his young K-9 partner, Thor, are doing good work in Shasta County.

For the Dogs - Live Oak Off Leash Advocates 34 A group of determined dog lovers working to make off leash play acceptable in Santa Cruz County.

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39 Rover Reviews: Brittania Arms, Capitola

Features Parks 14 Bark Top-twelve dogs parks in the United States. Carmel Canine Sports Center: A Vision of Happiness 18 It’s not Disneyland, but it feels like one of the happiest places on

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Diving: Jump into Summer 24 Dock A family-fun sport for dogs who love the water! Bud: America's Original Canine Co-pilot 28 Follow the 1903 cross-country journey of Horatio Jackson and his be-goggled Pitbull, Bud.

Everything Else 07 Business Spotlight – Adobe Animal Hospital of Soquel 22 Lizzie’s Water Dance 32 Bits & Chews 37 Preparing for a Pet Sitter On the Cover: Lizzie floats effortlessly in pursuit of the flying water drops. See more photos of Lizzie on pages 22 and 23. Photos taken at Carmel Canine Sports Center.

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Animal Hospital at Mid Valley 26 Animal Hospital of Salinas 46 Cottage Veterinary Care 21 A. Herman, Dog Therapist 45 Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Clinic 3 Motiv K9 21, 41 Natural Veterinary Therapy 26 Ophthalmology for Animals 42 Pacific Veterinary Specialists 12 Parkview Veterinary Hospital 45 Pet Specialists, Inc. 17 Well Scents 44

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Day Care for Dogs Dawg Gone It 29 Paws at Play 44 Yippee! Doggy Daycare 44

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Bow Wow Coastal 40 Carmel Valley Doggy Bed and Breakfast 46 Dawg Gone It 29 Diane Grindol 42 Happy Pets 41 Katy’s Walk, Stay, Play 41 Little Pup Lodge 44 Paws for Pleasure Pet Care 46 Peace of Mind Pet Sitting 46 Pet Savvy 42 The Central Coast Pet Sitter 41 Waggs N Naggs 40

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Rescue/Shelters Monterey Bay Lab Rescue 44 Peace of Mind Dog Rescue 44

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Training Del Monte Kennel Club 41 Divine K9 42 From The Heart Animal Behavior Counseling and Training 44 Living With Dogs 43 Monterey Bay Dog Training Club 45 Pam Jackson 42 Pawzitively K9 Dog Training 40 Pet Savvy 42 Zoom Room 37 To advertise, contact us at ads@ coastalcaninemag.com or call (831) 601-4253.

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cc | business spotlight Dr. Vicki Bannerman purchased the Adobe Animal Hospital of Soquel four years ago. Her parents say they can’t recall a time she ever wanted to be anything other than a veterinarian.

Dr. Bannerman and Roxy, her blind, rescued dog who accompanies her to work.

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At the age of four, the family dog chewed the ear off her stuffed Velveteen Rabbit. Little Vicki got out a needle and thread and repaired the rabbit’s ear. After that she was hooked. Years later she graduated from the University of Georgia and her dream came true. She practiced veterinary medicine in Georgia and Maryland, and then moved out to California to manage a practice in Campbell. A few years later she became the owner of Adobe Animal Hospital. Dr. Bannerman lives with rheumatoid arthritis so she has a deep empathy for animals with arthritis or other painful conditions. She is specifically

interested in geriatrics and pain management for companion animals, including pocket pets (chinchillas, guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, rats, and mice). She knows what it is like to live with daily pain, and she knows that animals, in particular, are hardwired to hide their pain. She teaches her clients that growing older does not have to be painful for their pets. She likes to combine Eastern and Western Medicine by utilizing acupuncture, healing laser, and physical rehabilitation, in addition to other modern therapeutics. Dr. Bannerman believes strongly that prevention is the best medicine. She encourages her clients to come in for regular checkups so she can discover and treat or manage any issues before they become bigger problems.

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& By Carie Broecker They contacted AFRP, met Shane, fell in love, and were approved for adoption.

On June 24, 2013, Ruth Hammarberg was reading a column in a local newspaper and was touched by Shane’s story. Ruth was still grieving the loss of her own Shepherd, and her heart went out to Shane, a two-year-old German Shepherd who had been hit by a car and left to die on the side of the road. He lay in the dirt and weeds suffering alone day after day until a Good Samaritan finally called Monterey County Animal Services to report that he needed help. An animal-control officer picked him up and took him to a vet clinic where they discovered his right hind leg and right front leg were both broken. The shelter then called Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) for help. When Ruth read Shane’s story, he was still months away from a full recovery and in need of at least two surgeries before he would be ready for adoption. She called her daughter, Karen Rienitz and said, “I think we have our next dog.” 10 | coastalcaninemag.com | Summer 2014

While they were waiting for Shane to heal so they could bring him home, Karen saw an ad in another local paper for a senior Australian Cattle Dog named Jack. Her heart skipped a beat when she saw him because, in addition to being enamored with German Shepherds, she and her mother were also quite fond of Cattle Dogs. Karen knew they had Shane coming home in a few months. She tried to put Jack out of her mind, but two weeks later she saw another ad for him in another paper. She showed his photo to her mother, and they decided they just had to meet him. He had been picked up as a stray and had been at Monterey County Animal Services for several weeks. He was eight years old and his chances of getting adopted from the shelter were slim. The shelter staff contacted Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, a group specializing in rehoming senior dogs, and they took him into their program. When Jack went to their vet for his exam, they discovered that he had a mast cell tumor that needed to be removed. The vet said she got good margins around the tumor and was hopeful that it would not return, but there was no guarantee. None of that mattered to Ruth and Karen. They went to meet Jack, and he stole their hearts immediately. They knew they were complicating things by adopting a big, active male dog right before bringing Shane home. They also felt Jack deserved a second


chance just like Shane did, and that they were the ones who would give it to both of them.

doesn’t show any signs of pain or discomfort, although he does have a slightly funny gait.

One week after bringing Jack home, they brought Shane home, and the two hit it off right away. Jack is full of joy and humor. He loves to play with squeaky balls and will fall asleep with a ball in his mouth. Shane is more serious, but he is a total lover. Even when he was in pain with two broken legs, Shane charmed his medical team with his soft soulful eyes, gentle tail wag, and constant cooperation.

Ruth and Karen are dog-lovers through and through. They have always taken in dogs in the most need. They say it gives them a sense of purpose and structure.

Shane and Jack have a whole support team that helps Ruth and Karen give them the best life possible. They have several dog walkers, two different trainers (one who is more attuned to Jack and the other who understands what makes Shane tick), and a great medical team who help keep both dogs healthy and fit. Shane has metal in both of his right legs, but he runs and plays and

Karen says the sense of satisfaction when helping a dog in need is unbelievable. She has noticed that when rescuing older dogs, they bring an air of maturity, wisdom, and gratefulness with them. Karen and Ruth both encourage anyone who will listen to adopt— not buy—when looking for a furry family member. And to remember that when you get a dog, it is a lifetime commitment through both good times and “ruff” times! Shane and Jack sure are happy to be in their forever home and to be cherished members of the family.

Shane and Jack of Carmel The story continues for the ladies of Carmel With a couple of additions to their lives as well One is named Shane the other is Jack Neither have personalities that lack They came to this house by way of long journey But neither one needs much to worry For the ladies of Carmel love all living things Whether it be four legged, or two or even with wings Now Shane might look all mellow and cool But don't let him play you for a fool For if he sees a cat or a squirrel He just might give you a little whirl Now Jack on the other hand comes off as quite busy If you don't watch out he can make you dizzy There's time to play and then time for a walk There's just no time to even squawk For it's down the street and around the corner There's just so much excitement for a Carmel boarder excerpt of poem by Garth Young

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Thor Saves Lives By Carie Broecker

Thor is a serious name for a serious-looking German Shepherd. Thor works for the Shasta County Sheriff’s office and has since March 2013. He was bred

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and trained for this work, and he is good at it. Thor is cross-trained, not only to protect his partner, Deputy Thomas Fleming, but also to track suspects and locate hidden narcotics. Thor and the other K-9 teams in Shasta County are greatly appreciated by the community and are an essential asset when crime fighting takes the K-9 teams to remote locations.

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He loves to lie across Deputy Fleming’s lap for lots of pets and belly rubs. He is a member of the Fleming family and especially loves playing with the deputy’s children. Thor recently captured an arson suspect in Cottonwood, California. On Thursday, June 12, firefighters and the sheriff’s department were called to the scene of several fires. As soon as the firefighters put one fire out, they would be called further down the road for another fire and then another. All in all, the suspected arsonist started three fires and attempted to ignite a fourth. Witnesses had given a description of someone seen walking away from two of the fires. K-9 Thor and Deputy Fleming were on site. With leads from eyewitnesses, Thor tracked the suspect and caught up with him down a gravel road about halfmile from a house that was on fire. Firefighters worked to get the blaze under control. They were able to pull three canines from the house just before it went up in flames, saving their lives. Although Thor enjoys his time off when he gets to play fetch and gets pets, I bet he was proud to be part of the team that saved the lives of three fellow canines. Did Thor rest on his laurels after that? No. The next day Thor and Deputy Fleming were called to the scene of a robbery in progress. The suspect fled and Thor tracked him.

They were able to recover $650 worth of stolen property, but the suspect was not found. I’m quite sure it is only a matter of time before Thor or another of the sheriff’s K-9s track him down as well. Thor is new on the job and the work he has done is already impressive. He has big paws to fill since he replaced a K-9 legend, Maximus, who is one of the most successful K-9s in Shasta County history. Over the course of his career, Maximus was responsible for the seizure of over 2,700 pounds of illegal drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hashish, and methamphetamine. He also helped seize over 8.7 million dollars in U.S. currency. Max is the only K-9 in Shasta County history to receive a purple heart. He earned his medal after being stabbed in the head six times by an attempted murder suspect. Even after being stabbed, Max still apprehended the perpetrator. The Sheriff's Department was able to bring Max and Thor and all the Shasta County Sheriff’s K-9s to their team with the support of Friends of Shasta County K-9s, a nonprofit

organization that raises funds to support the law enforcement efforts of the Shasta County Sheriff's K-9 Team. Here’s to a safe and successful career for Thor and all his colleagues, two-legged and four-legged, across the country.

Photo by Greg Rathbun Photography, www.grphotography.com

Underneath Thor’s stern exterior, which can convince a suspect to give himself up by Thor’s mere presence, is a sweet, affectionate dog who thrives on giving and getting attention from the “good guys.”

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Bark Parks By Scott Broecker

These days great dog parks have more and more to offer, including separate areas for large and small dogs, dog runs, tunnels, real and artificial turf, and agility equipment. But there is one feature that blows all of the others out of the water. Did I say water? Water as in splash pads, bone-shaped lakes and pools, spray rings, and spouting hydrants. Most dogs love water, some can learn to love it, and others only tolerate or despise it. For the canines who can learn to enjoy water, there is no better way for them to cool off and have fun, especially in parts of the country that experience 90plus temperatures during the hottest months of the year. Locally, we are fortunate to have the beach and a number of other natural water-play options, but with many of the beaches not allowing off-leash play, it’s great to see dog parks with water play being 14 | coastalcaninemag.com | Summer 2014

built around the country. Maybe there will soon be a renovated park near you.

If you had $500,000 to create a dream dog park, what would you do? Since 2010, Beneful has been holding an annual Dream Dog Park Contest. Entrants write a short essay describing their dream dog park. Select entrants are then asked to submit a video showing their current dog park and town, as well as their vision for their dream dog park. Beneful has created four beautiful dream dog parks. Each with a price tag of $500,000. The first dog park was unveiled in John’s Creek, Georgia. It has a dog-bone and dog-paw theme. Next was Alabaster, Alabama with a fetch-football field and agility theme. Then in 2013 they unveiled the amusement-park themed Lancaster, Pennsylvania location. And opening soon in Prescott, Arizona will be a firefighterthemed dog park commemorating 14 local firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. This park will feature Dalmatian statues at the entrance, sirens, hydrants, water hoses with multiple spouts, a swimming pool, grassy areas, and plenty of shade.


Top-12 Dog Parks in the United States 1. CONGRESSMAN BILL ARCHER PARK—HOUSTON, TEXAS

Photo courtesy of Beneful® Dream Dog Park Contest

Wag-worthy features: 17-acre park, bone-shaped ponds, and agility equipment. This is the perfect play space for adventurous hounds and curious canines. There is plenty of land to be explored! 2. BENEFUL DREAM DOG PARK— ALABASTER, ALABAMA

Splash pads, a miniature football field, a walking course, off-leash play areas for a variety of sizes, synthetic turf, rubberized mulch path, shady areas, and senior dog hill for lounging and chilling. 3. BOW WOW BEACH—STOW, OHIO

This 7.5-acre, fenced-in dog park is located at Silver Springs Park. The dog park features grassy knolls and a sandy beach that surrounds

a three-acre lake, dog-washing stations and a dock-jumping area. 4. MILLIE BUSH DOG PARK— HOUSTON, TEXAS

"Paradise" is what visitors tend to say after visiting this park. With 13 acres, the Millie Bush Dog Park takes fun to the next Fido level. It features three ponds for splashy Spaniels (two for big dogs, one for guppy puppies,) and washing stations for after-fun cleanup. Fun Fact: The park was named after the former president’s English Springer Spaniel, Millie Bush. 5. NEWTOWN DREAM DOG PARK— JOHNS CREEK, GEORGIA

Featuring one fenced acre, separate areas for small and large dogs, artificial turf, sprinklers around a spraying hydrant, bridge, hoops,

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tunnels, walking trails, benches, shelters, and shade trees.

9. BEAU’S DREAM DOG PARK—LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA

This is a large dog park with a bone-shaped swimming pool, four bathing stations, a small-dog play area with waterfall pool, a training area, and an on-site adoption center.

Angela Bauman envisioned this amusement-themed dog park and named it after her dog, Beau. The dog park was renovated when she won the Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest in 2012. Features include a 40-foot-long roller coaster bridge, custom-designed splash pads for large and small dogs that feature fun spray nozzles, an expansive deck for relaxing, and a tennis-ball tree.

7. COSMO DOG PARK—GILBERT, ARIZONA

10. DOG WOOD PARK— JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

6. NASSAU HUMANE SOCIETY DOG PARK—AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA

Cosmo was the town’s first K9 police dog. He was a local hero and this 17-acre dog park is a tribute to him. It is one of the few parks in the country that touts a dog beach with a dock for dogs to leap off of into the water. 8. WAGSPARK—NEWTOWN, OHIO

WagsPark includes Lake Wags, a spring-fed swimming lake with clean gravel banks and a dock-diving board, a dancing water fountain, a doggie play set with ramps, decks, and bridges, an agility course, and a dog wash.

This 42-acre park allows people and pets to swim and play in the two-acre swimming lake. It also features ten acres of hiking trails, an agility course, and dog bathing in raised warm-water tubs. 11. COUNTRY KENNELS DAWG WATER PARK— MURRIETA, CALIFORNIA

Country Kennels is a boarding facility that offers a large outdoor play area and built-in swimming area. When you go on vacation, your dogs can go on their own vacation. JAMES HUNTER DOG PARK- PHOTO COURTESY OF Arlington Dogs

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12. JAMES HUNTER DOG PARK— ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA

James Hunter Dog Park has a plaza terrace, open lawn, demonstration gardens, canine romping area, and a waterfall pool for the dogs. AND COMING SOON—THE PRESCOTT, ARIZONA DREAM DOG PARK opens

in August 2014. It has a commemorative firefighter theme with a fire truck play area with sprinkler fire hydrants, green lawns, a swimming area, and plenty of shade areas. Pet Safe also held a Bark Park contest this year. Voting ended July 31. Go to petsafe.net to find out which four U.S. cities will be getting dog park renovations soon.

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People, left to right: Randy Sweet, Summer Emmons, Ken Ekelund, Ernie Mill, Gini Mill, Colleen Sweet, Martha Diehl Dogs on the ground, left to right: Patty, Nolan, Jazz, Shelby, Charlie (on Gini’s lap), Max (on Colleen’s lap), and Lizzie Dogs on the dogwalk, left to right: Muffin & Duffy

Carmel Canine Sports Center: By Cindie Farley

It didn’t occur to me that I would be weeding the first time I visited the site of the new Carmel Canine Sports Center—as yet, still a work in progress. My dog, Gus, and I had been invited out there to meet the place and its people (and canines, of course) so I figured we would take a tour, watch some agility training…that sort of thing. But as we relaxed on the lawn, chatting with Ernie Mill and Ken Ekelund about the farming aspects of the CCSC endeavor, it seemed quite natural to join them in pulling up the broadleaf weeds that were sprouting up in the grass. Well, I joined them, anyway. Gus was more interested in the new sights and smells. We had received a warm welcome upon our arrival. And the full Border Collie staff was there, including Lizzie, Duffy, Jazz, and Shelby, as well as fifteen-year-old Patty, who is an administrative assistant to Summer in the office. Managing them all is a very capable Cavalier King Charles named Charlie.

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I learned from Ernie, who is co-owner of CCSC with Ken and his wife, Martha Diehl, that normally the sheep who reside on the property are in charge of the weeding. But at the moment they were busy being herded about by Duffy. As we weeded, we watched Martha and Duffy work the sheep in an adjacent field. Gus turned his back on that operation, and I wondered if his old herding-dog heart was feeling kind of wistful. Some years ago, Martha, who is the president of CCSC, saw the need for an outdoor canine facility on the Peninsula. A place where dogs and their people could truly enjoy a variety of canine activities together in a safe and peaceful setting—a place centered ON dogs! It had been a long and sometimes-rough road that led her to the 40 acres of farmland we were sitting in the middle of, but from my vantage point, it seemed like it was surely worth it. And Martha, Ken, and Ernie are dedicated to making sure the sports center will be compatible with the existing qualities of the land, while also being an asset to the community. CCSC’s lease requires that the property’s heritage of over a century as organic farmland be preserved, something that they

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cc | feature are more than happy to accommodate. They have brought in two flocks of sheep, whose services are available for both herding training and maintaining grazing grasses (not to mention sharing their wool), and whose presence alone signals the “rural character” Carmel Valley is proudly known for. Goats—and possibly ducks—will also be added to the staff. Pear trees planted in the 1940s by the property owner’s father still bear fruit, and CCSC has planted an organic vegetable garden, flowers, and nursery stock, as well grass hay on two-thirds of the property. Bordered on the south by the Carmel River, and with stunning views of the foothills, the property is some distance from the nearest homes. It is surrounded by a barely visible safety fence, and the ample existing and proposed flora screening will allow CCSC to blend further into the landscape on various levels. CCSC’s concept is to be an outdoor recreation center, dog-training facility, and sports club “where dogs and their people go for active, positive, lowstress fun together.” Using a “country club” model, the center has a goal of 500 memberships and will have a small clubhouse open daily. (And it’s worth noting here that country clubs are inherently rather quiet, respectable places!) The grounds will be beautifully maintained,

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and there will be off-lead walking paths, picnic areas, and open exercise space, with members being able to reserve specific ones. There is also a seasonal swimming hole in the river and there will be an irrigation reservoir for swimming dogs. Most canine members will find these even more luxurious than other country club pools on a hot day. The center will also have social groups available, as well as classes in basic training, socialization, and canine good citizenship. It will also offer competition-grade facilities and equipment for a broad range of canine activities such as agility, herding, obedience, rally, nose work, tracking, field work, lure coursing, fly ball, and dock diving. And—as with other country clubs—the center

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will periodically host tournaments in their members’ favorite sports. CCSC’s vision is a simple one: serious fun for you and your dog! Gus and I had brought outof-town family with us, and they visited with Ernie’s wife, Gini, while we were there. Before we left, she led all of us over to the other flock of sheep, the “BabydolIs,” so we could feed them. (Or maybe we were all herded by staff and didn’t even realize it . . .) These pint-size sheep, who all had names and had just been sheared, gently ate from our hands. The weed pulling had turned out to be an excellent way to get to know the place—and it definitely seemed more fun than it does at home. In turn, Martha sent me off with a very fragrant bouquet of nonweeds just picked from the flourishing mass of sweet peas they had planted along one side of the farm. For information on all aspects of CCSC’s progress, visit:

www.carmelcaninesports.com. And don’t miss the link to their Facebook page, which offers a great pictorial history of happiness.

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By Carie Broecker

Rhonna is almost as excited about dock diving as her dogs Ryzer, Cyrus, and Issa. Issa, in particular, is crazy for dock diving. She loves it so much she screams at the gate while she awaits her turn. Ryzer, Cyrus and Issa are all Labrador Retrievers, so it makes sense that they love the water. They also love their toys and they love jumping into the water to retrieve their toys, so dock diving is a natural for them. Rhonna and Mark Dias are the owners of Doggone Dirty Dock Diving (DGDDD) in Hollister. A few years ago, after

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their kids had grown and left home, the Diases decided to have more children, only this time they would be of the furry variety. Rhonna wanted dogs that she could have fun with on a daily basis. She researched all the different dog sports and thought dock diving sounded like something she, her husband, and their dogs could all enjoy together. She started with their Standard Poodle, Denali, but although she loved the water, she did not like the crowds and competition. Denali still hangs out with them and goes to dock diving competitions, but only as a spectator. Over the years Rhonna and Mark added the three Labrador Retrievers to their family, and eventually


Dock diving—also known as dock jumping —is a relatively new sport for dogs. Dock diving typically takes place on a 40-foot-long dock that is eight feet wide and two feet above the water. The water needs to be at least four feet deep. Bago, a two-year-old German Shepherd, launches himself off the dock at Dog Gone Dirty Dock Diving in Hollister, CA.

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became such dock-diving enthusiasts that they built a competition-size pool and dock on their property so they could practice daily and could teach other dogs how to dock dive. About half their customers use the pool to practice for competition. The other half rent the pool for themselves or a group of friends so their dogs can jump to their hearts’ content for an afternoon of fun and play time. Julie Cason started taking her dog, Bago, a German Shepherd,

to DGDDD after he had elbow surgery. First, he rehabilitated with water therapy at Motiv K9 in Salinas. He absolutely loved the water and couldn’t get enough of it. When his water therapy was over, Julie needed a way for this high-energy, two-year-old dog to get his exercise without exacerbating the issue with his elbows. That’s when she decided to take him to DGDDD. Bago never competed but Julie believes his longest jump was about 18 feet. Bago absolutely

loves running off the platform, chasing his toy into the water, making a big splash and then swimming around for as long as he can, often visiting anyone who may be hanging out at the far end of the pool. Julie admits that the hardest part about dock diving is that the dog’s human partner times the release of the toy and the angle of the throw properly so the dog can be successful catching the toy and getting some distance from their jump.

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Rhonna’s Labradors have all jumped over 20 feet, and she’s happy about that. They’re all still young, and with practice, their jumps will improve, but most importantly they are having the time of their life! Rhonna says the best thing about this sport is seeing how much the dogs love it. Any dog, any breed, any size can have a great time dock diving whether he jumps 4 feet or 24 feet. It’s all about the fun of the game. Dock diving—also known as dock jumping —is a relatively new sport for dogs. Dock diving typically takes place on a 40-foot-long dock that is eight feet wide and two feet above the water. The water needs to be at least four feet deep. The most popular dock diving club in California is Splash Dogs. The biggest international dock diving club is Dock Dogs.

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Carmel Canine Sports Center in Carmel Valley intends to have a dock-diving pond as soon as they complete their permit process. Go to www.carmelcaninesport. com for more info.

2. Extreme Vertical – Competition for who can jump the highest. A mechanical arm holds a bumper, and the dogs are encouraged to jump off the dock and remove the bumper from the extended arm. The arm gets raised two inches higher each round until there is a winner. 3. Speed Retriever – Competition for who is the fastest. Dogs enter the water from the dock, then swim to the end of the 40-foot pool and remove an object to signal their finish. 4. Iron Dog – A combination of the Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retriever all in one competition. Splash Dogs has affiliates all over California including Hollister, Sacramento, Stockton, and Marin. They encourage beginners as well as seasoned dock divers to come out and enjoy the sport. DGDDD is an affiliate of Splash Dogs and hosts dockdiving competitions. They also rent out their pool by the hour. It is $35/hour for one dog, on up to $140 for two hours for up to eight dogs. For more info go to www.doggonedirtydockdiving.com.

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“There's nothing we can do that is more American than getting in a car and striking out across country.”

One May evening, Nelson was at the hoity-toity University Club in San Francisco, arguing that the automobile was the future of travel and that horses were the past. It had only been seven years since two bicycle mechanics sold the first “motorwagon,” and there were seven million horses but only 8,000 autos. Someone bet fifty bucks that no one could drive from San Francisco to New York City in less than three months. Nelson accepted the wager and left four days later.

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y name is Bud and I’m here to tell you about my great adventure in 1903 with Horatio Nelson Jackson and the very first coast-to-coast trip in this newfangled thing called an automobile.

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Newspapers said Jackson stole or rescued me from a dogfight, or that I was a stray who chased him for two miles. Truth was, Jackson had been wishing for a dog since Sacramento, and my “man” had no money to feed me. It was Friday morning, the twelfth of June,1903, on the outskirts of Caldwell, Idaho. Something red was trying to outrun a cloud of trail dust, and the oddest thing—there were no horses! Closer, we saw two riders in one of those newfangled things: Horatio Nelson Jackson (“Nelson” to his friends), physician and businessman; and Sewall K. Crocker, mechanic and bicycle racer. They were about a third of the way on a cross-country cruise. My man waved them over, askin’ if they wanted a mascot. They gave him $15.00 and I jumped in. My position was guard and lookout, which I took seriously. The “devil wagon” had no windshield, so Nelson put a pair of goggles on me to keep the alkali dust from stinging my eyes. I loved them goggles and would not begin the day’s drive without them. Nelson loved to tell stories, so here’s what he told me happened before I joined their pack…

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"Bud soon became an enthusiast for motoring" Jackson bragged. Most folks earned less than $500 a year, so $3,000 was big money. Nelson bought a slightly used 1903 Winton Motor Carriage Company touring car he named the “Vermont,” after his home state. It had a two-cylinder, 20hp engine, a chain drive, no top, no windshield, and a steering wheel on the right. He hired Sewell K. Crocker as the mechanic. On May 23, 1903, they ferried across the Bay to Oakland. After 15 miles, they blew a tire and used their only spare. This was a hint of what was to come.

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Keep in mind, there were no gas stations at the time, and less than 150 miles of paved roads between coasts. Nelson called the road to Oroville a “compound of ruts, bumps, and thank you ma’ams.” Lost, he and Crocker asked a red-haired woman for directions to Marysville. After many miles, the road dead-ended at a farmhouse. A family came out to stare and tell them to go back the way they came. When they again met the red-haired woman, they asked why she had misdirected them. “I wanted paw, and maw, and my husband to see it. They’ve never seen an automobile,” she replied.

road.” Once, a cowboy towed the car using his horse and lasso. Another time, they ran into homesteaders in horsedrawn covered wagons. The settlers hid, thinking a train had come off the track.

Mostly, we traveled on dirt tracks meant for horses. Riding in front, I learned how to watch the road ahead and brace myself for every bump and turn.

After I joined them, I became as much of a celebrity as the car, and reporters took my picture. People lined the streets and kids took off school just to see us. In one town, Nelson declared “I have just shook hands with 200 people.”

We pulled into Rock Springs, Wyoming the same day as the circus and folks thought we were just part of the show. After that, we hit mud and it was a constant battle to get unstuck. Forever upbeat, Nelson wrote, “We have had hard luck, but I think it all came at once.” It was in Wyoming, we heard two other fellas in a Packard had left California for New York. Now we were in a race.

There were steep, rocky trails no auto had ever been on, and boulders were removed from the path by hand. Sharp stones punctured the tires. Stuck in a creek, they swam across and pulled the car over using a block and tackle. They waited over five days in Alturas, California for supplies to come by stagecoach. Yes, the auto had to rely on horses. Some repairs needed a blacksmith and in them days, there were more blacksmiths than doctors. Nelson described the 300 miles of desert as “the damndest rough, rocky

Almost daily, the “go like hell machine” would break down. Nelson bragged that I was “the one member of our trio who used no profanity on the entire trip." He was the most cheerful, optimistic human I ever met. Nightly, he wrote to his wife Bertha (he called her “Swipes”) that “the worst is over, it’s smooth sailing from here!” It never was.

The Vermont had no roof and the thunder and lightning was frightening. Nelson joked that we needed paddles for the wheels and a rudder for the rear of the car. Many times we had to use rope to get unstuck from muddy “buffalo wallows.” Nelson said he’d never worked so hard in all his life. On July 6, in Archer, Wyoming, we heard that another team in a 1903 Oldsmobile Runabout, left San Francisco. Now it was a three-way race to New York, but we were still ahead. In Omaha, Nebraska, the Winton

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In 1903 no gas stations existed and there was less that 150 miles of paved roads from coast to coast. Gas was purchased from general stores along with other supplies.

Company offered to supply parts, mechanics, and financial support for our trip. Nelson responded, “We have made the trip so far without their assistance and thought that perhaps we greenhorns could do the rest of it.” Chicago… never see’d such a big city! I wandered off to explore, delaying our departure by four hours, and was so darned glad they waited. While we were there, Nelson told reporters, "We have come to the conclusion that we can run our car over any road that a man can take a team of horses and a wagon, providing we can get traction.” Cleveland was where our auto was built and there was a big celebration. I stayed with the Vermont to fight off flies and inquisitive newsboys. In Peekskill, New York, on July 24, we were joined by reporters, Winton Company executives, and “Swipes” so we could all finish the trip together.

Two days later, at 4:30 a.m., we honked our way through the deserted streets of New York City. The trip had taken 63 days, 12 hours, 30 minutes, and 800 gallons of gasoline. We had beaten the other two automobiles. Nelson had lost 20 pounds and spent $8,000 of his own money. All to win a $50 bet, which Nelson never tried to collect. Afterwards, I went home to Vermont with Nelson and Swipes and happily lived out the rest of my days. We would sometimes take short excursions, but never another great adventure. Special thanks to Ann Wall, granddaughter of Horatio Nelson Jackson. For more information, read “Horatio’s Drive” by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, or see the film by the same name.

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The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side By Damien Lewis 2013, Atria Books, $26.00 Damien Lewis tells the remarkable tale of a WWII airman and his dog, whose trust in each other empowered them to face terrible danger and risk everything to save each other’s lives and the lives of those around them. In the winter of 1939 between France and Germany, two lonely survivors met—an orphaned puppy and a Czech airman—and changed each other’s lives. Over the years, the pair would save each other countless times flying together with Britain’s Royal Air Force Bomber Command. With vintage black and white photos, The Dog Who Could Fly, is a deeply moving story of loyalty in the face of adversity and the unshakeable bond between a man and his best friend.

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Circus Dogs

The Great Carlino does a “little daredevil” trick, using a launch ramp to jump over (left to right) Dusty Girl, Baxter, and Cooper.

Dogs and their people have fun exercising and learning circus tricks at For a Civilized Dog training in Newport Beach, California. After going through basic obedience, the dogs learn how to push and walk on large wooden spools, stand up on chairs, balance balls and other items on their heads and noses, and leap over bars and other obstacles, including other dogs or people. Trainer, Cary Peterson, teaches dogs individual tricks as well as groupsynchronized moves and patterns.

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Off Leash Beach Advocates By Whitney Wilde

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short cruise south of Santa Cruz, tailwaggers run free at beaches in Monterey and Carmel. In Santa Cruz, there is only one legal off-leash beach, cityowned Mitchell’s Cove. It has “dog hours” (before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.), and the pungent aroma of rotting seaweed. Most state beaches allow leashed dogs, but a few forbid Fido completely–particularly those on the rural north county coastline that have banned pooches in order to protect snowy plover habitat. 34 | coastalcaninemag.com | Summer 2014

That may change if the precocious new pup, LOOLA, has its way. LOOLA (Live Oak Off Leash Advocates) is working hard to get an official off-leash beach in the Live Oak area of Santa Cruz. For almost 30 years, dogs have freely frolicked along the surf line from 20th Avenue County Beach to Moran Lake, alongside skimboarders, surfers, and beachgoers of all ages.

DOGGIE DESPERADOS Starting January 2012, Animal Control Services (ACS) began rigorously enforcing the leash law on all county beaches. Suddenly treated like scofflaws, some Live Oak dog guardians started a revolution with an online petition, informative posters, and a one-day event called “Occupy Dog Beach.” “For me, it is all about community,” explained Marion Morris. “There are so many people that I don’t see anymore since Pippin and I now slink around like criminals.”


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announcements and a Yahoo group for member discussions (and ACS sightings). The website was created, with information on the issue, what you can do to help, and how to buy LOOLA swag (like their fabulous t-shirts). A contest was held among members to design the t-shirt artwork, and everyone voted for their favorite. The blue t-shirts make LOOLA members easily recognizable at county meetings and they stimulate discussion with other pooch parents on the beach.

Within a month, five Live Oak dog guardians had met for the first time at a local coffee cafe to discuss their separate efforts and see if they could pool their passion. They did not agree on all the details – but unanimously desired a preservation of the off-leash tradition at their neighborhood beach. Within days, they had agreed on a name: LOOLA. Three weeks later, a general meeting was held to educate other local dog guardians about the issue, what was happening, and what they could do to help (including a letter-writing campaign to local government representatives).

WHELPING LOOLA The first step was communication: a Facebook page for general

Through Save Our Shores, the local admin for the California Coastal Commission Adopt-aBeach program, LOOLA officially adopted 20th Avenue County Beach. They have held five beach cleanups, recently picking up almost 75 pounds of trash one Saturday morning. This shows LOOLA cares about and takes responsibility for “their” beach.

IT’S A DOG FIGHT Since this is a Santa Cruz County beach, there are many meetings: Animal Shelter Board, Parks & Rec Commission, Board of Supervisors, and individual meetings with Live Oak District Supervisor John Leopold. At each meeting, LOOLA members speak about why an off-leash beach is needed and why it is important to them personally. The opposition also speaks at every meeting. They declare that off-leash dogs have knocked people down, urinated on sand castles, chased seabirds, eaten picnics, and scared children. They complain that people are not picking up their dogs’ poop or Summer 2014 | coastalcaninemag.com | 35


cc | for the dogs are leaving the bags of poop on the beach to wash out with the tide. While we dog people know those things might occasionally happen, it highlights how the bad behavior by a very few can affect so many responsible dog guardians. In April 2012, LOOLA members attended the Animal Shelter Board meeting to request an end to the citations, and the creation of an official off-leash beach. Shelter Director Melanie Sobel and Animal Control Officer Todd Stosuy gave their recommendation that supported more off-leash areas and suggested nearby Sunny Cove as an off-leash beach. The board chose not to act, but to pass the issue on to the Parks & Rec Commission (P&R).

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Luis Obispo), this is a protected environment. Like Carmel, this is an “urban” beach with high traffic: skim boarders, surfers, tourists, and local beachgoers. If an off-leash beach is planned, it will likely have to pass through the California Coastal Commission and have some form of EIR (Environmental Impact Report). This could take years. There are seabirds that nest here. This year, four killdeer chicks hatched and fledged, with more currently hatching—while leashless hounds happily played (illegally) on the same beach. LOOLA designed (and offered to provide) signs to alert visitors to the location of nesting areas and submitted them to the Parks Department.

LOOLA (Live Oak Off Leash Advocates) is working hard to get an official off-leash beach in the Live Oak area of Santa Cruz.

LOOLA members created a comprehensive 1500+page proposal that was presented in June 2013 to the P&R Commission. Included is a plan for an offleash beach with proposed rules, signage, pertinent legislation, existing successful dog beaches, and much more. In response, the P&R Commission formed a task force to see if a plan could be created that would satisfy all parties. It consisted of three LOOLA members, three from the opposition, and two P&R Commissioners. After much debate at three meetings, it was a stalemate. While LOOLA offered compromises, such as “dog hours,” the opposition refused any compromise at all, saying dogs allowed on-leash is already a compromise. Recently, ACS and Todd Stosuy have devised an alternative citation system. Officers have the discretion to write off-leash offenders an infraction citation with a $200+ fine, or give an administrative citation that starts at $50 ($25 if paid within 24 hours). Money from admin citations directly supports programs at the Animal Shelter.

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BECOMING A BIG DOG LOOLA’s petition currently has over 4,000 signatures (online and paper). Almost 200 active members are guided by a core group of a dozen dedicated dog defenders. In the 2014 Good Times poll for the Best of Santa Cruz County, LOOLA was voted runner-up for Best Activist Group. The local newspaper claims off-leash dogs was their hottest topic last year. When the County Parks Department wants to know something about dog parks/beaches, they contact LOOLA. The Parks Department is currently working on a proposal for more off-leash areas throughout the county, to be presented in October to the Board of Supervisors. No one knows whether that will include an off-leash beach. Win or lose, this issue has created a much stronger canine community in Live Oak. Regardless of the outcome, neighbors have gotten to know each other and friendships have formed. The beach receives regular clean-ups. All pawsitives! We all wait, impatiently, to see what happens next. Whitney Wilde was involved in Downtown Santa Cruz becoming dog-friendly, has visited every off-leash beach in California, and been a LOOLA advisor. www. dogola.org


Eight Imperatives to Prepare for a Pet Sitter How to effectively prepare your pet and your home when using a professional pet caregiver

By Kathleen Huffman Your vacation is scheduled and you prefer to have your pet stay at home while you are away. In choosing the perfect sitter, you should of course do an interview, check references, and make sure the sitter has a business license, is bonded and insured, and LOVES pets. But there are some additional steps you should also take to help ensure your pet will receive the best care possible:

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Schedule - Most pet sitters book appointments far in advance. Make reservations as early as possible to guarantee a spot for your pet’s care. If your schedule changes, alert your pet sitter so additional care can be scheduled if necessary.

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Pre-visit introduction - Make sure your pet has had an opportunity to meet the sitter before your vacation. Give your sitter your pet schedule and feeding and medication instructions. If possible, have the sitter take your dog for a walk so that your pet and sitter get accustomed to each other, or the sitter bonds for a few minutes with your cat or other pets.

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Pet care information and supplies - Don’t make your sitter search for pet care items. Place everything your sitter will need in one specific place. This includes food and treats (including a can opener, utensil to mix/chop food, and scoop for measuring dry fare), extra food and consumable supplies just in case, medications (with clearly written instructions), leash and collar/harness, paper towels and cleaning supplies, broom/dust pan or vacuum cleaner, plastic bags for waste disposal, litter and scooper, and potty pads if necessary. Clearly write out and review with your pet sitter any special instructions you want them to perform.

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Thermostat - Your pet will be in your locked, sealed home. Make sure the thermostat is set at a comfortable temperature for your pet. Leave instructions on how to adjust the temperature range for your thermostat in case of a power outage.

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Pet proof your home - Pets can be more inquisitive and bored when they are left alone and can get into mischief. Put toilet lids down, close cupboards and closets, and store medications, perfumes, small loose objects, and household cleansers away and out of your pet’s reach.

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Alarms, off-limit areas, home access - Are there areas where your pet is not allowed? Make sure you close off the rooms and let the sitter know that those areas are to be kept off limits. Close and lock windows and doors, including garage and patio doors before you leave. Use timers to control indoor lights so your pet’s day/night schedule is similar to when you are at home. Check to make sure gates and fences are closed and locked.

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Visitor list - If you live in an apartment or gated community, advise and authorize security that your pet sitter will be visiting and, if appropriate, let your neighbors know too. Also let the sitter know if you plan to have friends, family, or someone else also

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checking on your house and pets in your absence. To avoid confusion, clearly explain what the pet sitter is responsible for and what the other visitors will be doing. Also let the sitter know about gardeners, or pool or house maintenance providers who might be on the premises in your absence.

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In case of emergency - Your pet sitter should have the information about where to take your pet in case of a health emergency. You should also notify your veterinarian in writing that a sitter will be watching your pet and authorize the veterinarian to provide medical care during your absence if necessary. If there is a natural disaster and your sitter needs to remove your pet from your premises, have a pet emergency kit available and a pet carrier too. You should also communicate with your sitter if you would like to get updates about your pet via text, email, or phone. Preparation is the key to make sure your pet sitter has all of the information needed to properly care for your pet while you are away. If they don’t have to search around for your pet supplies and instructions, they will have more time to spend giving love and attention to your pet. Kathleen Huffman is a franchise owner with Fetch! Pet Care—the nation’s largest and most trusted franchisor for professional pet sitting, dog walking, and pet fitness/exercise services—serving thousands of pets and pet parents throughout the United States from coast to coast. Learn more online at www. FetchPetCare.com.


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As told to Whitney Wilde Hiya, mate! Rover’s cousin GabbeeDee the English Bulldog from across the pond here. Me Mum was feeling a smidge homesick and fancied some pub grub. So while motoring with friends through Capitola Village, I went barmy barking when I spotted the bright red telephone box! England! Britannia Arms is one pint English pub and one pint sports bar, with a healthy dollop of Santa Cruz beach bistro. Entering the patio, we were greeted by owner and fellow Londoner, Andy Hewitt. As he patted my head, I caught a whiff of Minnie, Andy’s sweet rescue Pit Bull. That makes Andy tops with me, since Mum adopted me from NorCal Bulldog Rescue. There is no better patio to people- or pooch-watch from than here next to the green grass of Esplanade Park, with the beach not far beyond a row of cypress trees. During summer, this is a front-row seat for the live music from the Esplanade Stage on Sundays (11a.m to 5 p.m.) and Wednesdays (6 to 8pm). Mum and her pals (Cecily, Molly, and Whitney) pawsitively slobbered over the menu! All Mum’s favorites from home: bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, Cornish pasties, and fish and chips, plus a variety of other cuisine. The lasses had a hard time choosing, so they ordered a variety to share. On the table, I spotted a good sign: malt vinegar and HP Sauce (a proper English brown sauce for beef). For starters, there were grilled artichokes and a round of bevvys from the large selection of craft beers (domestic and imported), and I got a dee-lish dish of water. The artichokes had a savoury scent of seasonings. Supper arrived and I was gobsmacked! Mum ordered the Traditional British Dinner of roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, veggies, and gravy. Yum! Whitney fancied the ahi tartare with a balsamic reduction, avocados, cilantro, soy sauce, and wonton. There was an aroma of Guinness from Cecily’s Irish stew with potatoes and carrots. And Molly had the corned beef and cabbage with potatoes, carrots and Irish soda bread. It was a feast fit for a queen and her canine! For generous portions of delectable dishes with a lovely view, “The Brit” is absobloodylootly aces. Cheers!

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