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Upcoming September Buddha Dog Classes/Workshops

Posted by buddhadog on August 20, 2010 at 10:05 PM Comments comments ()

It has been a while since I have had a class open to the public, but in September, there will be THREE (One at Wagville, two at My Pet Naturally)!  Would love to see you there!  :)

Saturday, September 4th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

2400 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles (Glassell Park)

Wagville, in conjunction with YAS Fitness Center in Silverlake, is inviting YAS members and the public to an animal massage class where massage, acupressure and TTouch techniques will be demonstrated.  $10 suggested donation will go to Wagville Rescue, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that rescues dogs near the end of their stay at kill shelters and gives them a fun place to stay while they find them good homes.  RSVP is optional at pam@buddhadog.com.  



 Sorry, space does not allow you to bring your dog. :(




Animal Massage Workshop at My Pet... Naturally on

Sunday, September 26th from 8:30 to 10:30 AM OR 5:15 to 7:15 PM

BOTH WORKSHOPS HAVE BEEN FILLED- please email info@mypetnaturally.com if you'd like to be put on the waiting list.

I will show how you can participate in your animals' healing with effective massage, TTouch & acupressure techniques, which will provide endless benefits for your best friend while you reap health benefits as well.

$15 fee will go to a soon-TBD animal charity.

Please email info@MyPetNaturally.com to reserve your space and if you do it early enough, you can bring your furry friend! :)  The store requests that dogs be well-behaved and able to ignore other dogs due to the limited space.

Hope to see you there!

My Pet... Naturally

12001 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064





Guest Blog by Lisa Vaughn of www.petinsurancecomparison.org- "It Happens Everywhere"

Posted by buddhadog on June 22, 2010 at 8:18 PM Comments comments ()

It Happens Everywhere

by Lisa Vaughn of http://www.petinsurancecomparison.org

Homeless animals can be found in every city of every state. The numbers are shocking. An average of seven million dogs and cats enter America’s shelters and pounds every year. Half of these animals are euthanized because of the lack of available homes for them. The number of stray animals on the streets is just as alarming. Although, an accurate count is impossible to obtain, it is estimated to be way over a hundred million. We do know that the number of stray cats alone is around seventy million. No wonder the number is so high when you consider the fact that in five years time, a female dog and her offspring can produce sixty-five thousand puppies. In the same amount of time, a cat and her young can bring three-hundred thousand little ones into the world.


The statistics are astronomical and you may wonder, can this problem be solved? The answer is “YES”. America can get a handle on the growing number of strays and abandoned animals. We can support and implement widespread sterilization programs. Pet owners can help by spaying and neutering their animals. It is proven that when sterilization programs are placed in cities, the number of sheltered animals decrease dramatically. Education is the key component in helping the tragedy of animal overpopulation. Unless people know the heart-wrenching number of homeless animals, they are helpless to do anything about them.



Spaying and neutering will lesson the staggering number of unwanted little ones produced every year, but how do we save the ones already here? Adopt and Rescue! It is impossible for shelters to house the number of strays in America today. Consequently, homeless animals are turned away or in the case of “open-entry” shelters (no animal refused), the weaker are euthanized to make room for others. Adopting a pet will create space for another unlucky animal seeking shelter, food, and a chance to find a loving home. It will save a life and in return, you will get many years of friendship, enjoyment, and unconditional love.



Rescuing a homeless animal from the streets is just as important and rewarding as adopting. Two years ago, we found a Boston Terrier hiding under our shed. We tried to coax her out, but she was too scared. Every day, my daughters and I would go talk to her and give her food and water. It took a week for her to trust us enough where she would come to the house. After that, she was ours. The joy and love we receive from her is immeasurable to what we gave her. We have three long-haired Chihuahuas that were bought from a breeder and they are wonderful, but there’s just something different about Lucy. She looks in our eyes with so much appreciation; I can almost feel her thanking us. People say she was lucky to find us but we were the lucky ones.


Lisa's precious rescue, Lucy

THANK YOU, Lisa Vaughn of http://www.petinsurancecomparison.org for your blog contribution!

West Hollywood Has BANNED Selling Cats & Dogs in Pet Stores (excluding shelter/rescue animals)!

Posted by buddhadog on February 2, 2010 at 10:27 PM Comments comments ()

It was an historic night last night at the West Hollywood City Council meeting.  The room was jammed full of animal lovers that wanted to witness the beginning of the end of cruel puppy mills, where 99% of puppies in pet stores come from.  Many of us had spent many a Saturday protesting the pet stores that are supplied by the horrendous mills, like Elite Animals in West Hollywood.  I was so very impressed by the compassion of the mayor, Abbe Land, and the entire council, especially Jeffrey Prang, who brought the ordinance, drafted by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Companion Animal Protection Society, to the council. 


May ALL cities soon follow suit so the mills will be put out of business!  BLESS YOU to all that had a part in making this happen!  Score one for the voiceless!  We hear your cries!


Please see these reports for more info:







Buddha Bark Golden Globes Pampering Lounge

Posted by buddhadog on January 26, 2010 at 12:53 AM Comments comments ()

Massaging Sunny, official mascot for Buddha Bark

photo by Jesse Freidin


Last weekend I had the privilege of being a small part of a special event, The Buddha Bark Golden Globes Pampering Lounge, that benefited Best Friends Animal Society's "Puppies Aren't Products" campaign.  It was wonderful to see some old friends and to meet so many new ones.  I want to thank Madison Svensson of Buddha Bark and Susan Hartzler of Alpha Dog PR for the opportunity to participate.


The event got a lot of media coverage, and I was excited to talk to Maureen Harrington of (People Magazine's) People Pets, who was kind enough to give Buddha Dog a mention in her article:  http://www.peoplepets.com/style/treats-for-people/pet-psychics-glamour-shots-inside-a-hollywood-dog-fest/1


And a big "thank you" to Christine Ziemba of LAist (& her friend & dogs Sadie & Riley!) for mentioning Buddha Dog in her article: http://laist.com/2010/01/18/buddha_barks_celebrity_and_doggie_l.php?gallery0Pic=10#gallery





This was the debut event for Buddha Bark and its founder, Madison Svensson, but you would never know it by how flawless the event was!


Famous stylist Chaz Dean hosted the event at his beautiful zen-like studio grounds with bungalows and peaceful gardens.  Guests were lucky enough to have Chaz's stylists do their hair as well as receiving gift bags full of products from Chaz's awesome WEN Hair & Body Care line.  I cannot say enough good things about his products.  His lavendar products' aroma is to die for, and his cleansing conditioners are nothing short of amazing.  They don't have the normal lather that shampoos have, but they bind dirt and oil to be washed away from your hair.  I seriously love how my hair feels after using Wen's cleansing conditioner.  And how much time (and $$) I save only using one product, rather than both shampoo and conditioner.  Chaz's studio retreat has been featured on the Bravo show, "Flipping Out".



The wonderful animal communicators Janet Hicks and Andrea Yallop were there to talk to the animals and Wizard of Paws brought their mobile grooming van to help the pampered doggie guests look and smell their best. In additon to Buddha Dog massages, there were massages for people available, as well as facials and makeovers given.  The organic vegan food was so yummy!

The art gallery and silent auction to benefit Best Friends was incredible and featured the work of Jesse Freidin, Nancy Levine, Andy Stolarek, Sam Price, Shaun Alexander, and Shine Pet Photos.

There was a spectacular doggie fashion show presented by D.O.G. Pet Boutique, featuring fashions by Chien de Nimes, Kane and Couture, Maggie Bags and others.  There was even a doggie bride and groom!


The adorable bride, Sunny and her groom



Buddha Bark founder Madison Svensson with Bobby Gorgeous and her Sunny in the fashion show


Actor Camille Guaty



Two cuties in need of a home through Best Friends


Bobby Gorgeous and friends

Baldwin & Bliss waiting for the command (and treat) from their mom, Susan Hartzler of Alpha Dog PR (and Alpha Dog Shopper).



The amazing Preston Cassanova from "America's Greatest Dog" showing his skills with his mom, Laura Nativo


Holly Robinson Peete


Hal Sparks

Jason Biggs brought his dog

Chaz Dean and one of his 3 sweet doggies, Hunter

photo by Daniel Jung

Daisy Fuentes and her sweethearts. 

I was honored to massage her adorable bulldog, Alfie.

There were lots of animal-friendly celebrities with their dogs to enjoy the pampering.  Some of the well-known guests included Eric Roberts, Daisy Fuentes, Kristin Bauer, Jason Biggs, Hal Sparks, Holly Robinson-Peete, Camille Guaty, James Avery, Abby Wathen. Camille Mana, Yuval David, Brian Friedman, Alana Curry, Cecille Bull, Eric Stonestreet, Jenni Pulos, Yvette Nelson, Sally Richards, Vincent dePaul, Dondre Whitfield, Keri Lynn Pratt, Tami Erin, Keano LaVin, Milan Christopher, Hal Klein, Jason White, Elizabeth TenHouten, and celebrity dogs, Bobby Gorgeous, Preston Cassanova and Gigi.

Here are some great pictures from Wire Image:


Thank you to Karen Ostlund for mentioning Buddha Dog in her article about the event:  http://www.hollywoodtoday.net/2010/01/19/new-york-julie


Thank you to Lynn Hasty from Green Galactic for doing such a fabulous job with the publicity for the event:   http://www.greengalactic.com/2010/buddha-bark-golden-globes


Here are just a few more of the many media stories about the event:


Los Angeles Times -

- Golden Globes Fashion Diary - http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2010/01/fashion-diary-quarterbacking-the-red-carpet.html#more

Life photos -


Tami Erin's blog -



True Blood's blog -


[1-8-10] - http://truebloodnet.com/kristin-bauer-attend-friends-animal-society-event




BUDDHA BARK Event for Celebrity & Canine from 29FRAME on Vimeo.


Video by 29 Frame Videography

Saying Goodbye to Gracie

Posted by buddhadog on January 21, 2010 at 4:34 PM Comments comments ()

My hero: American Bulldog Gracie

I am heartbroken that I have recently lost my Gracie, but so very grateful for the time I had with her.  She would have been 19 years old this summer.  I first saw Grace in December 2005 when she was 14 years old at the West Valley Animal Shelter while I was volunteering there.  Known as "Little Girl" (at 80 pounds), she had been turned in by her former family after they had her for 14 and a half years.  She was severly arthritic and had a golf ball-sized mast cell tumor hanging from her rear leg that I suppose they couldn't or didn't want to deal with it.  She ended up on the euthanization list right away and I couldn't let her die like that.  She had so much life left in her and she asked me to take her home, so I did.  I thought I would allow her to live out her last year or two with the love, comfort and dignity that all creatures deserve.  Little did I know that we would have over four beautiful, inspiring years with her!   She became known as my miracle dog, battling a few more mast cell tumors, Cushing's Disease, and old injuries that worsened her arthritis.  Grace loved her massages and other pampering she received as a special senior girl.  I urge everyone to adopt a senior animal from a shelter or rescue.  They appreciate a comfy bed so much and will give you back so much more.  They are mellow, mind their manners, and provide you with so much love in exchange.  Gracie will live on forever in our hearts!

California's Compassion for Puppy Mill Dogs has Been Terminated by our Governor!

Posted by buddhadog on October 17, 2009 at 1:28 AM Comments comments ()

Well, Arnold vetoed AB 241, the anti-puppy mill bill that wouldn't allow someone to have more than 50 unaltered animals.  He is the only governor to veto such a bill that has passed in at least six other states.  California isn't as compassionate as these other states?  Arnold also thinks it's OK if animal abusers are allowed to possess more animals, and that people sell animals on the roadside or any other place for that matter.

The bright side is that he signed into law the bill that he originally mocked, SB 135, which bans docking the tails of dairy cows.  He also passed SB 318 that allows for forfeiture of property connected with dogfighting, and AB 242, which increases penalties for being a spectator at a dogfight.

So I guess I will just appreciate those for now, but it is heartbreaking after all the hard work put into getting these bills passed into law, and one person, for reasons unknown, decides to take the side of cruelty.

I'm thrilled to see how far we've come and then so disappointed when I realize how far we have to go.  But I am hopeful we will get there! 

Thanks for listening.  If you want to vent your frustrations out over the pro-puppy mill decision our governor has made, then please come join us tomorrow, Saturday, October 17th (& every Saturday as long as we have to) at The Aquarium & Pet Center at 826 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, where investigations have proven they get their dogs from the Hunte Corporation, a  puppy mill broker.  We'll be there from 1 PM-3 PM.  We were met with hostility and BB bullets last week, as reported on in this KTLA piece by the wonderful Lu Parker:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46El_8jhOjo

Don't let that scare you though!  We are a tough bunch and we don't back down easy when it comes to animal suffering!

I've been MIA on the Buddha Dog Blog! Please support spay/neuter with a quick phone call or two!

Posted by buddhadog on September 7, 2009 at 8:43 PM Comments comments ()

I am ashamed that I haven't kept up with the blog.  I have been saving all the news for my quarterly newsletters, so have not taken the time to keep up here.  The Fall Newsletter is just days away, so please check back soon for all the latest in the world of animals.  You can subscribe here.

I hoped I might be able to share a plea on behalf of the millions of healthy, life-loving animals that we kill every day, in every city in California.  Won't you please take a few seconds to call and support SB250?




Posted by buddhadog on April 23, 2009 at 3:40 AM Comments comments ()

After months of planning, I am pleased to announce that the PAWSTRONOMICAL Pet CPR Event to benefit the Burbank Animal Shelter was a big success with almost 200 attendants!

Can't wait for next year!


Denise Fleck of Sunny-dog Ink taught everyone about Pet CPR and First Aid.


Dr. Martin Small taught us some things about heat stroke and snakebites.


Animal Control Officer John McCullough shared many stories of animal rescue.


Molly Stretten of the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter presented a parade of adoptable dogs.


This is beautiful Ollie, who I completely fell in love with!

After Pawstronomical, Ollie was adopted!!  :)


 ANGEL (A025504)

Angel (A025504) is still at the Burbank Shelter and she needs a home!


 BETSY (A023896)

After Pawstronomical, Betsy was adopted!! :)


 COCO (A025506)

Coco (A025506) is still in the Burbank shelter and really needs a home!


SUZIE (A026144)


Suzie (A026144) is still in the shelter and in need of a loving home!


Burbank Animal Shelter

1150 N Victory Place

Burbank, CA 91502

(818) 238-3340


Monday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm

Closed Sundays and major holidays

Adoption Fees:

Dogs- $84; Cats- $58; Bunnies- $30

(Includes spaying or neutering)

Pre-spay/neutered Dogs- $49; Cats- $23; Bunnies- $5

Thank you to Denise Fleck of Sunny-dog Ink, The Volunteers of The Burbank Animal Shelter, and all the sponsors, volunteers and attendees!

Urgent action needed to stop taxes on veterinary services!

Posted by buddhadog on January 17, 2009 at 5:04 AM Comments comments ()

From Pam:  Most people have a hard-enough time keeping up with vet bills, and taxing vet services will make it much harder on vets, people and animals.  People shouldn't be discouraged to provide vet care!


From Marie Atake of Forte Animal Rescue:




Say NO to taxes on veterinary services!


It will be directly harm the rescue community if it won’t be stopped. It, not only affects our own pocket, but will make more people to dump their animals on us.


This only takes literally 5 seconds because it reaches the automated survey line at the governor’s office — you can press the numbers one after the other without listening to the recording.


Dial: 916-445-2841 Then press: 1 5 1 2


What you are pressing for are:


1 for English.

5 for the veterinary tax proposal.

1 to choose that you're calling about the veterinary tax proposal.

2 to oppose the tax.


Please take a moment and take action NOW.



How I spent my summer...

Posted by buddhadog on October 20, 2008 at 2:00 AM Comments comments ()

This summer was crazy with fun events for the animals!

Whole Foods in Porter Ranch hosted the "Dog Days of Summer" where we raised money giving dog massages, Pam from Paw Prince Studios did portraits, and a raffle was held for the Pet Orphans of Southern CaliforniaSome lucky dogs found homes, which is the best part!! 

Here's a real cutie named Steve that helped raise money for Pet Orphans of S. CA. photo by Katie Ryan

Annie from Ruff Ruff Bakery at "Dog Days of Summer"

Pet Promise

Dogswell & Catswell

Party Animal

Paw Prince Studios

The view from my booth at Hilton Hotel's Project Beach House   It was a wonderful afternoon on the ocean in Malibu when I gave dog massages to promote Hilton Hotels new pet-friendly policy in all their hotels.  The event was sponsored by Boost Mobile, and a good time was had by all (especially the dogs- they love the beach!  Who doesn't?).  
Shug and the Buddha Dog booth at Pawsapalooza for PAWS/LA.
  Shug and I had a great time meeting lots of nice people and their dogs at Pawsapalooza that benefitted PAWS/LA.  Some really cute and entertaining animal-themed movies were shown that everyone enjoyed and lots of money was raised for a good cause.  We had a booth in the midway area where there were lots of great vendors showcasing their products and services for animals.

Pet Day at the Toluca Lake Farmers Market

Buddha Dog booth at Toluca Lake Farmers Market Pet Day

Bo, the first dog that got adopted at
Toluca Lake Farmers Market Pet Day & the second lucky dog adopted from E. Valley Shelter.

Scooby stole my heart, and was luckily adopted within a week of being seen at the Toluca Lake Farmers Market.

Some beautiful kitties from the E. Valley Shelter

Maria from the Toluca Lake Farmers Market wanted to have a special day for animals where people could come find their soulmate in one of the homeless animals from the East Valley Shelter.  I am happy to say all the dogs from the day ended up getting adopted, either there or soon after.  Hopefully some of the beautiful kitties there also got adopted eventually, but unfortunately none did that day, I'm sad to say.  But if even one life was saved, it would have been more than worth it!  Maria would like to have more of these special days at the Farmers Market, so that is awesome for the animals!
  Buddha Dog at Cha Ching for Cha Cha at Safari Sams One of the most unique and fun events we were a part of was Cha Ching for Cha Cha at Safari Sams.  The newly formed charity, Paws for a Cause L.A., held the event to raise money for Actors and Others for Animals.  We were a vendor among the very unique vendors that night.  All the entertainers were awesome!  The Flarowitz Sisters hosted and kept everyone cracked up.  It was my lucky night when I won an extraordinary painting by the talented Lillian Lassen in their Chinese raffle.

The hilarious Flarowitz Sisters
  All the entertainers from Cha Ching for Cha Cha take a bow   Me and my new friend Jamie, who won a gift certificate at my animal massage class held at WagVille   The animal massage class held at WagVille was so much fun!  I met a MySpace friend for the first time named Jamie, and her name was drawn for a gift certificate.  We had a full room that included a dog massager from Paris, and some human massage therapists also.  Denise Fleck was there from Sunny-Dog Ink and she shared information about her wonderful First Aid/CPR classes, which teaches you life-saving skills that you'll never want to wish you had!  Her Pet First Aid Kit is the most complete I have ever seen by far!  Please see her latest class schedule below, and please keep checking her website for new classes being added all the time!   Me and the lovely Denise Fleck of Sunny-Dog Ink

Hiram is a dog massager in Paris!

L.A. Pet Memorial Park's 80th Anniversary Celebration was a great opportunity for lots of people to see this beautiful and heart-warming place

Warren Eckstein and his wife Denise broadcasted The Pet Show at L.A. Pet Memorial Park's 80th Anniversary Celebration

Me (mid-sentence), Shug and Warren Eckstein at L.A. Pet Memorial Park's 80th Anniversary Celebration

The blessing of the animals at L.A. Pet Memorial Park's 80th Anniversary Celebration

Larry Sullivan getting the word out about voting YES ON PROP 2 for the animals on November 4th

My Shug and a St. Francis of Assisi statue, patron saint of the animals, at L.A. Pet Memorial Park's 80th Anniversary Celebration

Shug and I had such a wonderful time at our booth at S.O.P.H.I.E., Inc. ("Save Our Pets' History in Eternity")'s Los Angeles Pet Memorial Park 80th Anniversary Celebration.  Warren Eckstein broadcasted "The Pet Show" radio show from the park, there was a blessing of the animals, animal adoptions, a pet psychic and other great vendors, and lots of great raffle prizes.  I was so touched by the memorials left by people to honor their beloved furry family members.   Shug at the Buddha Dog booth at the beautiful L.A. Memorial Park's 80th Anniversary Celebration   Me and Shug having fun at our booth at Bow Wow Meow in Brentwood photo by Little Friends Pet Photography   Four Legged Friends Foundation (FLuFF) puts on the Bow Wow Meow in Brentwood in April and September every year.  Shug and I had such a blast with a front row seat at our booth for the dog agility and "Dancing with the Dogs".  It was great to see lots of old friends there having a good time with their dogs.  An estimated 26 dogs and cats found their forever home there, which is AWESOME!!

Ranelle and a beautiful dog needing a home from Linda Blair's Worldheart Foundation
photo by Little Friends Pet Photography

Dancing with the Dogs
photo by Little Friends Pet Photography

Susan and Blissful dancing
photo by Little Friends Pet Photography

Celebrity judges included Mariana Tosca, Barbara Niven, Kate Linder and Linda Blair

photo by Little Friends Pet Photography

The wonderful animal communicator Kathy Paradise

Me & Rozee of Lotus Natural Dog & Cat Food

Karen from Polestar Pets Magnetic Jewelry

My beautiful Shug, who had the time of her life at Bow Wow Meow photo by Little Friends Pet Photography

My partner Shug helping at the Studio City Library animal massage class.  Photo courtesy of Norma Miropol.   Melissa, a volunteer for Pet Orphans of S. CA, was the big winner of a gift certificate at the Studio City Library animal massage class   Julie from the Studio City Library made it possible for me to come there with my partner Shug and teach an animal massage class.  I met some of the best people in the world there, and feel honored to know them.  It was a great experience for me!

Shug being the demo dog at the Studio City Library animal massage class. Photo courtesy of Norma Miropol.
  Shug and the Buddha Dog booth at Bark for the Cure in Griffith Park   Freshpet is helping to find a cure for canine cancer by holding Bark for the Cure 5K runs in different cities, starting in Los Angeles in Griffith Park.  We were proud to be a part of such a wonderful event!  There was agility, flyball and frisbee tricks.  The race was really exciting and very inspiring.  I was lucky enough to win Tamar Gellar's wonderful book The Loved Dog in the raffle!  What an amazing angel Tamar is!   Me, Shug and Tamar Gellar  

The starting line at Bark for the Cure in Griffith Park

The Finish Line!



Councilmember Tom LaBonge

Carmen Electra was there with her dog Roxy

Tamar Gellar and The Loved Dog

It was such a fun summer!  The people I meet at these events really give me hope in this world!  Animal people are the BEST!  BLESS YOU ALL!

FREE Animal Massage Class 9/9 and Massage Sessions now available at WagVille!

Posted by buddhadog on August 18, 2008 at 10:35 PM Comments comments ()
FREE Animal Massage Class!


Los Angeles' Complete Holistic Dog PlayCare Center,
located at:
2400 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA  90065

You are cordially invited to come learn how you can participate in your animals' healing with effective massage, TTouch, and acupressure techniques, which will provide endless benefits for your best friend while positively affecting your own immune system, lowering your blood pressure, and deepening your bond with your loyal companion.

Participants will receive a Massaging Your Animal booklet, a coupon for half-off an animal massage session, and will be entered in a drawing for an animal massage session gift certificate.

* Unfortunately, classroom size doesn't allow space for everyone to bring their dogs.

For questions, or optional RSVP, please email me at pam@buddhadog.com.

Hope to see you there!

2400 North San Fernando Road
Los Angeles, CA  90065
Phone: (323) 222-4442

Animal Massage sessions are also available at WagVille!

BUDDHA DOG Summer Newsletter FINALLY done!

Posted by buddhadog on July 6, 2008 at 4:49 PM Comments comments ()
 I have put all the latest in the newsletter that I finally finished in the early morning hours of July 4th.  Better late than never!  


Please see the table of contents below with clickable links that will bring you to that story.

Hope you can check it out and find some good information!

Thanks so much,

Councilmember Tony C�rdenas First Annual Pet Care Fair wrap-up

Posted by buddhadog on May 24, 2008 at 11:42 PM Comments comments ()

Today was the First Annual Pet Care Fair presented by City Councilmember Tony C�rdenas (Council District 6) and Senator Alex Padilla.  There were lots of beautiful adoptable animals from L.A. Animal Services, Pet Orphans Fund, and Linda Blair's WorldHeart Foundation.  We were really worried about the weather since showers were in the forecast, but though we had a few windy and cold moments, we escaped the wet stuff!  We even saw the sun a handful of times!  But despite the weather worry, we had an excellent turnout in Woodley Park.  It was awesome to see the lines for free spay/neuter in the morning and for the free microchips knowing that precious lives will be saved! 

Like usual, I met many people who had never heard of animal massage.  I just love spreading the word about animal massage!  I gave away all the "Massaging your Animal" booklets I brought, and went through all my brochures, so I'm hoping lots of deserving animals got massages when they got home! 

Of course, all the animals were SO adorable and hilarious to watch.  There were mostly dogs, but a few cats in carriers, and even a boa constrictor!  I massaged many sweet dogs, and had a drawing for an animal massage gift certificate.

Shug, my partner and sweetheart, had a great time at the fair!

The big guest was the Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan.  I loved what he said about Pit Bulls (he speaks so lovingly of his Pit Bull, Daddy, who is 13 now), and the importance of spaying and neutering.


Cesar was really great to everyone.  He gave away lots of DVDs and stayed for a long time to take pictures with people and sign autographs.  The crowd loved him!  Cesar was kind enough to give shelter workers and volunteers a free seminar years ago that I was able to benefit from.  He really opened my eyes as to how very important exercise and stimulation are for the well-being of dogs. 

Cesar and his wife Ilusion founded their own foundation to aid and support the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of abused and abandoned dogs.

The Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation has committed to being a part of the solution through the promotion of spaying and neutering. If animals can't breed, they don't produce offspring that end up in shelters only to be euthanized.

The Foundation has created a campaign that rescue organizations, veterinary clinics, spay/neuter programs, humane education programs, and schools can use to educate their communities on the importance of spaying and neutering. The campaign includes posters, t-shirts, & postcards.

To be considered for the program, you can complete their application form. The Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation will review the information and contact you regarding your eligibility. They will accommodate as many requests as they can, but applying does not guarantee inclusion in the program. Priority will be given to those groups that currently offer free or low cost spay and neutering in their communities.

The wonderful Linda Blair was also there with her WorldHeart Foundation
and she shared her wisdom with the crowd.  Linda has always been a champion for my beloved Pit Bulls, and for that I am forever grateful.
Linda is having an emergency fundraising party on June 8th in Beverly Hills (shoot!  I'll be out-of-town ) from 3-7 PM where she'll showcase her rescued animal photo collection.  It will be an intimate party with celebs, music, silent auctions, and more!  Linda does so much for animals, and is always in dire need of funds for medical care because she takes in so many animals in desperate need of saving.  She rescued lots of Katrina dogs, and had to deal with the expense of heartworm treatment for those that tested positive, which was most, if not all. Unfortunately after much treatment and nurturing from Linda and the wonderful volunteers at the foundation, she has lost two of her Katrina survivors due to cancer, which seems to be an epidemic from Katrina.  She still has some beautiful, healthy Katrina survivors that need loving homes, so please adopt from, donate to, or volunteer for her awesome WorldHeart Foundation- you'll be so glad you did!

My highlight might have been receiving this certificate of appreciation from the city of Los Angeles from Councilmember Tony C�rdenas who is so awesome to put on this Pet Care Fair to raise awareness of responsible guardianship.  He promises this will be an annual event which is AWESOME for the city's animals!  Check out his "Pack Leader" shirt from Cesar!

The dog I was massaging that I'm holding onto is sweet Ginger, whose Mom is the incredible Eileen Smulson who started Operation Blankets of Love, where much-needed blankets are donated by generous, caring people for shelter animals that appreciate them so much.  Here is Eileen's blog where you can find out how you can help:  http://dogcomfort.blogspot.com/.
Check out this great article in the Daily News about Eileen:  http://www.dailynews.com/ci_8424056

(From L.A. Animal Services):
You can help by collecting and donating clean, old & new blankets and towels for shelter animals waiting to be adopted by loving homes!

A study by the Compassion Action Institute in New York shows that shelter animals that are given blankets, sheets, and comforters to rest on are more able to relax and get comfortable in their new surroundings while they are waiting to be adopted. Potential adopters are more drawn to animals that appear relaxed and friendly, snuggled on a soft bed which helps to create a more home-like setting. The simple addition of a blanket or comforter to a shelter animal�s environment is proven to lead to increased adoptions.

Please bring your donations to the following locations:

Pet Zone                                                  The Puppy Palace
10142 Balboa Blvd.                                   11156 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA                                      Granada Hills, CA
818-832-0110                                           818-366-9069

North Valley Veterinary Clinic &                   West Valley Animal Care Center
Animal Dermatology Clinic                           20655 Plummer Street
11152 Balboa Blvd.                                     Chatsworth, CA
Granada Hills, CA                                        818-756-9325

The Pet People                                             New Age Pet Supply
18040 Chatsworth St.                                   19315 Saticoy St.
Granada Hills, CA                                         Reseda, CA
818-832-0771                                              818-886-7387

Red Barn Feed and Saddlery                         9�s K9�s Dog Training
18601 Oxnard St.                                         Canoga Park, CA
Tarzana, CA                                                 Call for drop off times @ 818-832-9903
818-345-2510                                             or info@j9�sk9�s.com

Red Barn, Too                                             Tams Pet Foods & Supplies
8393 Topanga Canyon                                 17635 Vanowen St
West Hills, CA                                             Van Nuys, CA
818-887-7388                                              818-343-6873

Jan's Pet Grooming and Pet Zone (#2)
Located next to each other
17629 Chatsworth St.
Granada Hills

THANK GOODNESS for angels like Eileen!

I hope that all the animals that got adopted today will be so happy in their new homes!

Can't wait for next year!

Thanks for reading and for all you do,

FREE Animal Massage Demonstration at the Monrovia Library on April 16th from 3-5 PM!

Posted by buddhadog on April 3, 2008 at 6:43 PM Comments comments ()
Please come join me and the very charming Shug for a FREE Pet Massage Demonstration in Monrovia, CA on Wednesday, April 16th from 3-5 PM!

Wednesday, April 16th
3 PM- 5 PM

Mary Wilcox Youth Center
(temporary Monrovia Library location)

843 E. Olive Ave.
Monrovia, CA 91016
(east of Pasadena)

National Library Week goes to the dogs! Come learn how to help deepen your bond with your loving companions while helping to relieve pain, stiffness, stress, and so much more.  Stretch out and increase the flexibility of your loyal best friend.  Hey, dogs get stressed too!

As one of the special events planned for National Library Week, Carol from the Monrovia Public Library thought a pet massage demonstration would not only raise awareness for alternative health care for pets, but just raise awareness for the good treatment of animals in general, and I couldn�t agree more! 

The Mary Wilcox Youth Center at 843 E. Olive Avenue, in the southeast corner of Recreation Park (in Monrovia, CA, east of Pasadena-here�s a map), is serving as the temporary Library while a new 28,000-square-foot facility is built in Library Park � slated for completion and opening in the spring of 2009.

I am really looking forward to it!  Hope lots of animal-loving people can make it (including you)!

AnimalWork.org- Job Matching...Pawsitively!

Posted by buddhadog on March 10, 2008 at 8:01 PM Comments comments ()

There is a wonderful website I wanted to share called AnimalWork.org.

AnimalWork.org is the internet�s first animal-friendly jobsite. Targeted at the growing animal products, services, and care industries, AnimalWork.org provides job matching for all humane animal-related jobs.

Not only is it a great job-matching website designed specifically for jobs in the humane animal industry, specializing in veterinary medicine, service animal training and care, and animal welfare and protection opportunities, but AnimalWork.org celebrates animals by donating a portion of every sale to non-profit animal rights and rescue organizations across the country.

Powered by RealMatch, a world leader in online recruitment, AnimalWork.org runs on real-time job-matching technology.

Posting jobs on AnimalWork.org is free. Fees are only paid when an employer decides to open the resume of a matching candidate. For job seekers, finding a job on AnimalWork.org is always free.

Job Categories include:

  • Training
  • Grooming
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Caretaking 
  • Animal Welfare
  • Pet Retail
  • Corporate Opportunity
Whether you are an employer large or small, job seeker, blogger, trade association, or just an animal lover, using AnimalWork.org helps support the organizations that work endlessly to make this world a more humane and animal-friendly place.

As the director of AnimalWork Miry Whitehill says, Be Pawsitive!

First Blog! Stone Massage, Reiki, Doggie Aficionado & New Year's Special

Posted by buddhadog on January 22, 2008 at 8:22 PM Comments comments ()
Hi everyone!

Thanks so much for checking out the blog!  It's a New Year, so I thought I might as well start a new blog.

Speaking of the New Year, I want to remind my clients to book a massage appointment before April 1st to take advantage of the half-price New Year's discount special.  I hope everyone received my email newsletter I sent out at the end of December.  I normally offer this only to my loyal clients, but if you're nice enough to actually read my blog, then the least I can do is offer this special to new clients as well!  Email me at pam@buddhadog.com or call (818) 300-4478 with any questions or to book an appointment.

Cindy Klinger of Doggie Aficionado Magazine was kind enough to contact me about an article she was writing about dog massage.  Her article, "A Rubdown for Rover" was just published in the recent Winter 2008 issue which can be seen online for free at:
Quick, free registration is required to view the online digital version.  The article begins on page 82, and can be accessed quickly from the link provided on the second page of the table of contents under the "health" section.  Thanks again Cindy!

Recently, I have been incorporating warm stone massage into the opening of my animal massages using Sonia Alexandra's specially chosen Chrysanthemum Massage Stones for animals.  These crystal stones have special properties and are naturally created.  They are comprised of gypsum with lace-like crystals, blended by nature in a pattern resembling a blooming chrysanthemum flower.  These stones are specifically chosen for their ability to transmit energy. Stone therapy healing combines massage technique with the electro-magnetic energy of the stones emphasizing healing, harmony and balance.  Sonia's website is http://www.stone-healing.com

And finally, I wanted to share the news that I will begin Animal Reiki training March 1st. 

The following is somewhat of an embellishment on information at Reiki.org:

Reiki is "spiritually-guided life-force energy." It is a Japanese technique that promotes healing. It is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us. If one's "life force energy" is low, then they are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, they are more capable of being happy and healthy. 

Reiki is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an "attunement" given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of "life force energy" to improve one's health and enhance the quality of life.

During a Reiki treatment, the subject only takes as much energy as they want, and Reiki will go where it is needed, even if the praticioner and subject aren't aware of that need.

My life was changed when I read Animal Reiki written by Kathleen Prasad and Elizabeth Fulton.  I will be taking Kathleen's Level I Reiki class in March at Brighthaven, a holistic retreat for special-needs animals in Santa Rosa, CA.  I can't express how excited I am to begin my new Reiki adventures and using it to help my beautiful and very deserving furry clients!  Kathleen's website  is http://www.animalreikisource.com .  It's even better knowing I will be learning from the very best.

I am so grateful for those of you kind enough to read my blog.  If I haven't met you yet, I hope to meet you soon.  Big kisses to all my furry friends out there!

Peace to you and yours,