This week we celebrate a very special day because August 26th is National Dog Day! National Dog Day was created in 2004 by Colleen Paige to honor and show deep appreciation for our dogs and our connection to each other. It is a day to show appreciation for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their… Read More August 26th is National Dog Day!
I don’t know what is harder for me to grasp: The fact that nearly 150,000 pets are lost in fires annually (most succumbing to smoke inhalation), or that over 10 million pets are lost each year (most of whom have run away from home). You can let those figures sink in for a minute. Even… Read More Invisible Fence Brand Saving Pets with Project Breathe One Oxygen Mask at a Time
The past year I’ve felt God teaching me how to deal with stressful situations with hope and a happy heart. I am realizing He does not always spare us from difficult problems even though we think He should. However, if we shift our perspective, we can see there are other forms of happiness God provides… Read More Medicine goes to the pets: Pet Therapy at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
ALL ABOARD the DOGGIE BEACH BUS! WOOF! … I recently came across big red Volkswagen bus filled with canines sitting comfortably en route for a good time at the beach. Tish Tralka is the owner and creator of Doggie Beach Bus, a mobile canine dog-sitting service which invites your dog for an at-home pickup and drop-off… Read More Tish and the Doggie Beach Bus
Ahhh nothing beats summer in San Diego! The beach, the parks, and all the fun outdoor bbq’s our little fur pups can handle! But with hot and very humid temperatures in effect this week it’s exceptionally important to keep Fido hydrated all hours of the day, even in the evenings. Sadly one dog collapsed and… Read More Keeping Fido cool and hydrated during the San Diego Heat Wave
For as long as I been a dog parent, I’ve always made a habit taking my dog socializing at places beyond the park and beach as often as possible. Places like the neighborhood shops or my favorite, dinning at Yappy Hours to help benefit animal welfare in your community is always a great way to… Read More Sunday Aug 14: Pups in Tuxes to Strut the Red Carpet at The Wine Pub
The San Diego Padres partnered up with Helen Woodward Animal center to help puppies find forever homes. I got to catch all the excitement with my FOX Sports San Diego SDLive feature, CLICK HERE to watch my exclusive behind the scenes story! The San Diego Padres debuted their second Padres and Puppy Calendar over the… Read More 2016 Helen Woodward Padres and Puppy calendar presented by Petco
The San Diego Chargers honored our very own NFL legend LaDainian Tomlinson early this year by retiring his #21 jersey. When it comes to football in San Diego there is no bigger star, than the famous ‘LT’. Besides his tremendous talents as an athlete, he’s also a compassionate animal lover. To celebrate his number 21 induction, the… Read More Chargers stars and the Barking Beast they love!
Ahhhh San Diego! Home of the endless outdoor activities to enjoy with Fido. Gorgeous beaches, parks and trails, there’s a reason they call this city Dog City USA- truly no better climate to adventure with your best friend. But if you hit the trails, please keep in mind, with hot and dry weather in effect,… Read More Rattlesnakes in San Diego!
San Diego Chargers are hosting the 1st Annual “DOG DRAFT” to benefit animal rescue so we’re throwing it back to our Huddle Up to Cuddle Up with NLF Linebacker Colton Underwood and the San Diego Chargers! Barking Beast’s Huddle Up to Cuddle up with the San Diego Chargers: It’s officially safe to say the Chargers… Read More Huddle Up to Cuddle Up Success!
I always knew I liked that NBC Universal! As if their decision to dump Trump’ s Miss Universe pageant after his comments about Mexican immigrants wasn’t enough to get my viewership the NBC owned group is now dedicating a special day to help clear animal shelters nation wide in what they are calling #ClearTheShelters day! This will… Read More ‘Clear the Shelters’ in San Diego by Adopting a Loving Pet JULY23!
In a previous post I mentioned I don’t often blog about food as there are a bajillion options for pet parents. However, I feel as though I would be doing the pet community a disservice if I didn’t share with you about My Perfect Pet. On Friday a My Perfect Pet swag bag arrived on… Read More My Perfect Pet: The Perfect Dog Food
Hundreds of pets in San Diego County will have forever homes thanks to NBC 7’s upcoming and very successful “Clear the Shelters” program. The 2016 event will take place this year on Saturday, July23! The Clear the Shelters effort was a national initiative spearheaded by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. NBC Stations across the country teamed up… Read More San Diegans Help ‘Clear the Shelters’ in Pet Adoption Event
Fourth of July is a fun summer holiday for most people, but for many animals, it’s a nightmare. The booming fireworks, festivals and company coming and going make this holiday particularly difficult for our pets. According to Petfinder, more pets are lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. It… Read More Fido Friendly Fourth of July Lost Pet Prevention
Is anyone off the wall excited about the new 3D animated movie, The Secret Life of Pets!? Just saw the trailer this morning and already I’m counting the days until the debut!! Beyond the fun and visually entertaining graphics, the movie plot is super cute and hilarious too. Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max’s… Read More The Secret Life of Pets
Last week was Petco Park’s annual Dog Days of Summer. Nobody in baseball hosts top of the line hospitality for our furry friends better than Petco Park and the San Diego Padres organization, likely because they pride themselves being owned and sponsored by the greatest per brand in the nation, Petco! For over 10 years Petco… Read More Petco Park BarkYard Dog Suites!
In light of summer I decided to take up Stand Up Paddle Board lessons with Jack. We’ve taken up a lot of recreational activities over the years, but Stand Up Paddle Boarding was yet to be crossed off our bucket list. We have never been on a paddle board before so as excited as we… Read More Stand Up Paddle Board with SUP Pup San Diego!
The Helen Woodward Annual Spring Fling Gala takes place this weekend and I’m over the moon excited! One of the coolest things about San Diego is it is filled with amazing fundraisers all year long and the Spring Fling is definitely one of my favorites! This years Helen Woodward Gala theme is “There’s No Place… Read More The 28th Annual Spring Fling Gala Saturday, June 4th 2016
Petco Park is gearing up for the annual Dog Days of Summer when the Padres play the Mariners June 2nd! WOOF!! This year is extra special as the ballpark celebrates the launch of the new doggie suites, “Petco Barkyard!” Just like your usual suites, the features will include all the top of the line service and… Read More Petco Park Dog Days of Summer!
Hooray for “Yappy Hours” aka pet friendly happy hours! If you love dog friendly happy hours as much as I do be sure join us this Thursday May 19th for the Paws & Pints Fundraiser hosted by La Jolla Veterinary Hospital benefiting the Encinitas Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the FACE 4 Pets Foundation! As… Read More La Jolla Veterinary hosts 3rd annual Paws & Pints
Did you know that every military working dog is a non-commisioned officer- some rank higher than their handler? and in 2000, Congress passed a bill so that military dogs can be adopted by their handlers! Also did you know police dogs know over 70 different commands before they two years of age on the force?… Read More For the love of military and police dogs
Whether it’s hygiene or grooming, the best place in San Diego for a good dog groom is Dirty Dogs . With comfortable bathing facilities, incredibly hospitable customer service and fun dog friendly decor, Dirty Dogs has turned dog bathing into a fun bonding adventure to enjoy with Fido. If you’ve never been to a Dirty Dogs,… Read More Dirty Dogs: Best Pet Groomers in San Diego Expand
Chargers are to host their first benefit for animal rescue April 30. Click here to watch the Barking Beasts’ Huddle to Cuddle story featuring Colton Underwood and the San Diego Chargers benefiting the San Diego Humane Society. For the first year ever, EVER, the San Diego Chargers are highlighting the importance of animal rescue. For… Read More San Diego Chargers host 1st ever #ChargersDogDraft to benefit dog rescue
Hockey in San Diego! It is just me or has this San Diego hockey thing really caught on with San Diegan’s.. and rightfully so! Not only has the team exceeded fan expectations with bringing this exciting sport and lifestyle to America’s finest city for the first time in years, but the team took the city… Read More San Diego Gulls Captain Joe Piskula and his boy ‘Big Ted’
Baseball is in full swing…. and you know what that means- ball park franks and Dog Days of Summer around the corner. For three years now Petco Park has been going above and beyond to shine light on the importance of pet adoption. Every Sunday game the ballpark host their “Petco Park Adoption Sunday” in… Read More Petco Park Adoption Sundays and Dog Days of Summer
Hope you’re having a great week and hooray for the weekend! In my quest in blogging about San Diego’s greatest dog parks, I had to share about an exciting event taking place this weekend at The Encinitas Community Park, home of the awesome ( and my personal favorite dog park ) the new Maggie Houlihan… Read More #PetcureanLove Tour in Encinitas
Encinitas, Ca. Do you feel bad when you have to leave your dog home alone? Many people do. It’s only natural. But life goes on and sometimes we don’t have a choice. Fortunately when it comes to my dog Jack I have a flexible enough schedule where he can attend many of my job related… Read More Krazy for Kamp Kanine, Encinitas Ca.
I’m coming at you guys with a post about something I’ve been crazy excited to share for a while now— The Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park. It’s been open for about a year, but I wanted to make sure to throw a post up about as this place has become one of San Diego’s county’s dog… Read More The Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park
When it comes to goals of getting healthy and fit, pet owners truly have the advantage. Some, like myself, have seen firsthand the positive impact, dogs especially, can make. There are many health benefits that come from interacting with pets, such as lower blood pressure, cholesterol, decreasing anxiety while increasing happiness and work performance. Studies… Read More Fitness with Fido
I think Jack is developing a sweet tooth, thanks to dog ice cream by NESTLÉ® USA. He goes nuts every time I approach the refrigerator, anticipating his next snack will be a cup of Frosty Paws. Have you ever heard of these decadent dog treats? Now, I know many of you make it a priority to keep Fido on a… Read More This Dog “Screams” for Frosty Paws Ice Cream
Whew! Today was a long one. I had a lot of errands to take care of and no naps were taken. Lunch was skipped so I indulged in dinner with maple glazed salmon and buttered green beans from the Whole Foods downstairs. I omitted mashed potatoes, which I’m very proud of considering I was really… Read More Boneo Canine Supplements: Sore bones and answered prayers!
Recently I spent the day comforting a friend who is sadly going through a divorce. Divorce can be brutal but what more to make it horrific than fighting over who will get Fido? In the past I went through a similar situation with an ex boyfriend. He ended up getting the dog and weeks later… Read More Dog Custody and the Fight Over FIDO
Super Bowl is almost here, Woof!! In my humble opinion, Super Bowl should be treated as a national holiday. Everyone should have the day off to enjoy watching the best two football teams in the league face off for the crown! After all, isn’t football America’s sport of all-time?? Besides the game, commercials, and chowing… Read More Animal Shelters are the Real Winners of Super Bowl XLIX
San Diego is expecting a storm over the weekend so turn off the sprinklers and let mother nature do her job. While it’s great for the climate, I know one camper who won’t be so happy it, Jack. For us, rain storms generally find me hacking away on the computer, or a movie marathon in… Read More Rain rain go away, Fido wants to play
As many of you may know, the pet population in our community is far larger than ever before. Due to the country’s interest in and preoccupation with pets, today’s tech nerds are striving to create pet-friendly inventions that give us the resources to pet parent at our best- and the inventions so far are “freaking”… Read More Technology Apps Go To The Dogs
The road to being better parents to our dogs starts with showing Fido who’s boss/ who’s the master/ who’s your Daddy? ( in my case “Mommy” but you get the point). In my experience it is helpful to look into training products- particularly a pinch collar for my two year old, 100 pound, alpha male,… Read More Who’s walking who? Dog Training Products: Who knows what you will find
When it comes to recognizing the beauty in animals, nothing fascinates me more than people who display their love for our furry friends as artists of the pet world. While many of us consider ourselves to be our pet’s best personal paparazzi, there’s nothing like having a professional get the job done and snap the shot… Read More Fetchlight Photography: Fetching the Essence of Pet Photography
Happy Holidays! Have you finished Fido’s holiday shopping? With Christmas nearing here are some of my favorite Fido friendly gift item local to San Diego pet friendly businesses! First up, is a fashion statement I think every dog should be able to make because it’s just that cool- a dog tie. And not just any… Read More Barking Beast’s Holiday Hit List
Ahhhhh there is nothing quite like the satisfaction that comes with completing a workout before sunset… and today it meant a lot more, considering I nearly ate half my body weight at last night’s Thanksgiving dinner. Joke. But I did stuff myself like a turkey. Normally when I want a cardio workout, I get on… Read More Running with Fido the best cardio!
A Beauty and A Bloodhound September 23, 2014 Last week I got to witness the relationship between a woman and her dog that was so unique and special, it set an example for how I hope one day myself and Jack proceed. Meryl Klemow and her seven year old Bloodhound Soyars ( Soyars Heather Klemow… Read More A Beauty and A Bloodhound
Dogs enjoy the revelry at least as much as humans, with bits of this and that dropping on the floor and delectable smells wafting around the house. But Thanksgiving must not be a free-for-all. Just because we try to pack away all we can does not mean our dogs should. And there are certain items your dog… Read More A Happy Dog’s Thanksgiving: Stuff Your Turkey, Not Your Dog!
Happy Veterans Day! Did you know that every military working dog is a non-commissioned officer- some rank higher than their handler? And in 2000, Congress passed a bill so that military dogs can be adopted by their handlers! Meet a San Diego hero who’s helping military veterans one marine and mutt at a time… While… Read More Shelter To Solider: Helping Military Veterans one Marine and Mutt at a Time
Happy Veterans Day! Thank you to all those who have served and are still serving this great nation! Even the military canines, you are not forgotten. Did you know that every military working dog is a non-commisioned officer- some rank higher than their handler? and in 2000, Congress passed a bill so that military dogs… Read More A Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle
When I think about my dog, I think about his oversized dome of a head and the millions of positive thoughts creating reactions in his brain that spawn a full body tail wagging dance- robust enough to propel wind or whack a wine glass off the living room table. It’s amazing how such a species… Read More Lessons that can be learned from a dog: Think Happy Thoughts!
San Diego is home to dozens of pet friendly activities that embrace a fit and active lifestyle for Fido – and it’s no surprise that a city which is said to be one of the most pet friendly cities in the country – would also designate a television spot on a sports network to pet… Read More Incredible Pets on FOX Sports San Diego’s hottest new show #SDLive
It’s that time of year! Halloween. Or how we say it in the pet community “Howl-Ween”. The pet costumes are officially overflowing the shelves and it appears costume designers in the pet industry have outdone themselves once again. I think I’ve seen every pet costume under the moon imaginable – from Micheal Jackson, to the… Read More Howlween for Fido! The costumes and the obscene money spent
San Diego is home to the hardest working animals rescue groups in all the world. So it’s no wonder day-go is predominantly known as Pet City USA among animal lovers nationwide. When pet parents aren’t out enjoying the many pet friendly festivities SD has to offer, animal advocates are often huddling up in efforts to help… Read More For the love of Pit Bulls: San Diego Pittie Parents Host Pitties in Park
Howl-O-Ween Pet Pawty Alert! Pull out your Halloween costumes and don’t forget Fido’s ensamble. With Halloween on the horizon there’s a lot of pet friendly parties underway and the Camp Run A Mutt San Marcos Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular event should definitley be on your radar in San Diego. If you’re on the cusp of pet lifestyle… Read More Camp Run-A-Mutt San Marcos: Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular
October is “Helping Heroes” month. Did you know that every military working dog is a non-commisioned officer- some rank higher than their handler? And in 2000, Congress passed a bill so that military dogs can be adopted by their handlers! Meet a San Diego hero who’s changing lives one marine and mutt at a time…… Read More October is helping Heroes month: Meet Graham Bloem
From the moment I met my dog, I learned just how much love my heart is capable of holding. It was a day I will never forget. Much like when you meet a newborn member of your family for the first time… well maybe not exactly, but pretty darn close because, hey pets are family… Read More Remember Me Thursday: Shine a light on orphan pets everywhere