TGIF and we cannot believe we are half way through June. This year is going too fast or is it the Madam Social Butterfly’s schedule that is doing it.
All I know is I wish on some days the year would slow down a bit.
Last Thursday evening, 6 June, was the Annual Fundraising Gala for the Shanti/PAWS Project, an amazing event where money of course is raised to keep their programs going such as :
PAWS – Pets Are Wonderful Support who provide comprehensive support services for animal companions. They serve seniors and people with life threatening illnesses or disabilities – all of whom are low income with services such as pet food bank, financial assistance for vet care, emergency pet foster care, dog washes, dog walking, cat care and other volunteer based services.
And many other programs like the Margot Murphy Women’s Cancer Program, HIV Services Program, Volunteer Services Program, LGBT Aging & Abilities Support Network, Peer Advocate Care Team, Jeffrey’s Place and Community Support Council.
You can read all about the amazing work they do on their website : http://www.shanti.org/
There were lots of dogs at this event, plus a bird and of course Lilou the Therapy Pig who helps at SFO Airport and many other places.
Layla got all dressed up in her fancy pink glittery dress and looked very cute. I of course as always took her expandable carry bag with so if it became too much she had a safe haven and was very happy for that.
By the time we got home I was exhausted and Madam was full of energy LOL.
On Sunday we went to another event, did not stay long as with the heatwave here in San Francisco it was unbearable plus I do not want her to over heat although she was wearing her cooling vest.
It was the 9th Annual Three Legged Picnic in our Park. It was wonderful to see so many come to this with their three legged dogs, lots of fun although it was so ridiculously hot. Layla got blessed by one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence which made me very happy.
Since Sunday and because of the heat which has finally broken we have basically been indoors as I did not want her to burn her paws on the sidewalk or over heat. We though did end the week with a fluffy party at my house on Wednesday night when some friends of mine went out and left their dogs, Savannah and Charlotte with us. Layla LOL just went to sleep while they played.
So as you can see never a dull moment in our lives, Layla keeps me busy which is great although I must admit I am now exhausted and looking forward to slowing down a bit this weekend PHEW.
What has been happening in your neighborhood ? We cannot wait to hear !
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, stay cool,
With a woof and love from
Friday has arrived and with it my schedule as always is filling up. Yes I am a very busy little dog but it keeps Mom and I young and healthy although BOL she has to carry me a lot. It is also Pride Month so am now wearing my rainbow harness with Pride.
Last weekend, Saturday we took it easy as Mom was really tired. We just went for long walks and otherwise slept and did nothing. Mom decided she needed it as it had been a long week for her.
On Sunday to make up for it, we went to the Chihuahua Meet Up where I become an honorary Chihuahua plus it is always held in an amazing park Stern Grove.
Below Facebook link is the video of her running into the park all happy, Miss Wiggly butt with her feather tail flying.
This is one place that Mom calls heaven, as it is so lush, green with lots of place to roam around plus the lake at the end of it makes it really peaceful. There were lots of dogs at the meetup which was fun as I got to smell a lot of them. I like this meet up as it is all small dogs so I feel safe.
Mom was really proud of me as when we went for our long walk I even went off the path exploring which is something I do not do often but it was so much fun, so many smells to check out and so much space to roam around. Mom of course kept an eye on me as Coyotes have been seen in this park but in the middle of the day they are normally sleeping.
It was such a pawsome day, we relaxed, ran around, and perfect weather just helped it all. I told Mom I cannot wait for the next one which is in July.
When we got home we were both tired so I was nice to Mom and let her sleep, she does deserve it sometimes.
The rest of the week has been slow as Mom has now finished work for the summer but last night we went to a big fundraising event for the Shanti/PAWS Organization and we will share it with you in our next week’s blog.
This weekend I know we are going to the Tri-Pawed Meet Up which is always held in our dog park so I will get to meet some new dogs which is exciting but other than that we have nothing else planned.
So as you can see I am a very busy dog with a full schedule and I love it as after being stuck indoors during the winter it is so much fun to be out and about again.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and please share what your plans are.
With a woof and love From Layla, the social butterfly
Woof Helloo my Fur friends and Family,
We had such a fun weekend last weekend, Mom spoiled me and took me on two adventures, yes two can you believe it.
On Saturday we went for the first time to the Shi Tzu Meet Up at a great park called Alta Plaza Park. It is a beautiful big park with a view of the Bay on one side and a view of the city on the other side.
There were about 20 Shi Tzus and their owners and what a surprise as it was Jacques (a Shi Tzu) birthday and his Mom made a delicious cake. I have told Mom I want the same for my next gotcha day. We all wore party hats and had so much fun. I also made new friends which was pawsome, as I love meeting other fluffies like me. The weather was perfect and it was a perfect fun day.
I cannot wait for the next one.
Of course Mom had the back pack for the bus as she says it is safer for me when the bus is full so no one will stand on me and I won’t get hurt.
When we got home guess what I did ? Of course sleep as I was really tired but LOL Mom took a nap too. She says she gets tired from carrying me in the back pack so I woofed her that she is getting old BOL.
On Monday we had another adventure. We went with my favorite Aunt Barbara to Fisherman’s Wharf. We went on the tram there and did a long walk along the bay looking out at the sea, Mom and Aunt chatted while I smelled and checked all the pmail. I had to stay on leash most of the time as there were lots of people, skateboarders and Woof I love barking at them BOL. There was a part where there was lawn so I ran over there but Mom left my leash on just in case as we are close to the street.
Mom and Aunt then sat down for coffee, relax and to look over the bay, she gave me of course water and some treats to snack on so I was really spoiled. I wandered around and looked out also over the bay as you can see in the photo below.
We then came home in one of the old fashioned trams which was fun but I was really tired so Mom had put me in my back pack to rest.
When we got home I ate my dinner, dug up the bed, BOL and then settled for an afternoon sleep.
It was such a fun day and have asked Mom to do this again with me.
Mom is working hard this week and as she told me she has another month of work and then we will be taking a break, but she did promise me if there are any fun events on weekends as summer has arrived she will take me to them.
Many of you must think I am always on the go but actually I do take things slowly also LOL but with summer here, and in San Francisco there is always something doggy going on on weekends, I try to go to them as I feel it is good for me to get out and see what is happening, and good for Layla to be out and about also especially as we live in a tiny studio with no garden, and going to the same park all the time can get boring also.
So as you can see Layla is a spoiled busy girl, but I would not change it for anything and I feel that variety is the spice of life, and we are going to keep on doing it.
This weekend I have not checked what is going on yet so will go with the flow plus weather wise see what we will do.
Everyone, TGIF and have a wonderful weekend all, cannot wait to hear what you did this past weekend.
Woof with love Layla
Friday has finally arrived. I am on my last week of work and then will be taking a bit of a break and spending some more time with Layla.
Last Friday Layla went for a groom, I cannot believe the prices here in San Francisco and they are the same everywhere in the city. For Layla it costs approximately 85 dollars without a tip, BUT it is worth it on the other hand as she is looking clean, healthy and not so scraggly like a ragamuffin.
Over the weekend the weather was awful, cold and raining, and everything that I had planned to do I cancelled so Layla and I spent quality time together.
We did meet with some friends for coffee but I felt like I was swimming there with Madam in her back pack quite cozy while I dripped from the rain BOL.
On Sunday when there was a break in the rain I walked her to our favorite pet store to stock up on some Turkey tendons which is her new favorite, AND BOL, guess what ? Madam peed in the pet store next to a box of kitty litter. I nearly died of embarrassment but the staff laughed and told me some other dog had just peed there also. So what can I say but she was testing the kitty litter.
This whole week the weather has been cold and dreary and I must admit I think both of us have cabin fever at the moment. So let’s hope this weekend, especially as it is a long one, we will have some sunshine and then we will be able to visit a different park which is what I am planning to do at the moment.
So as you can see, our fur friends and families, our week this week has not been so exciting and we need to do something about it.
Have a wonderful long weekend with all your family, both two legged and four legged and your friends, we cannot wait to hear what your plans are.
With a woof with love
Good Morning All,
Weekend has arrived and the fun will begin.
The weather is lousy here in SF at the moment, cold, windy and raining and not sure where the sun disappeared. Layla is not happy getting her paws wet so she is hibernating as much as possible in her box.
Last Friday I took the day off to spoil myself and went with friends for the day to Muir Woods. I have never been there and was so excited to go, I decided to leave Layla at home and spend some down time for myself in nature. I know some of you will say poor Layla but it is the first time I have done something like this, and although I felt guilty I really needed it. The Woods are magical, listening to the water running in the streams, the quiet, the birds singing, was heaven for me and relaxing that I came home with new energy and I think I need to do this more often. I am sure she slept and said to herself phew thank goodness she has gone LOL.
On Saturday we went to National Dog Mom’s Day held at Pet Camp San Francisco.
What is Dog Moms Day ? Dig-The Dog Person’s Dating App created a day to celebrate and thank the dog moms who dedicate their love and support every day to their dogs. It’s a different, special and visceral love that deserves its own day to be recognized and appreciated.
Us Moms were spoiled with beautiful tote bags and caps from a company called Drink Babe whom gave us cans of bubbly Rosé Babe, Grigio Babe, and Red Babe to celebrate Mothers Day.
There were also vendors for the dogs :
The hosts : Pet Camp who is San Francisco’s only certified green dog and cat boarding, day care, grooming and training facility. A wonderful place with lots of place to run and have fun. Highly recommended.
V- Dog – V-dog is a family-owned vegan dog food company based in San Francisco,
CA VetCBD – teaching us the safe and effective use of cannabis for pets!
Paw Patch Pastries – Fresh Baked Organic Gourmet Treats, Cakes, Fashion, Accessories More!
Yoga Force – Yoga for Humans and Dogs together
Vetted Pet Care – Vetted is an in-home veterinary care provider for dogs and cats
Dog Log App – DogLog’s mission is to improve the lives of pets and their caretakers by facilitating better communication and providing more visibility to the dog’s activitiesHappy
Hounds Massage – Happy Hounds Massage provides a variety of massage services including surgery rehabilitation, arthritis and dysplasia management, preventative treatments, athletic care and weight management.
And then of course the Rescue Organizations Grateful Dogs Rescue and Copper Dreams Rescue.
In a nutshell we had a great time and I think the best of all was watching Layla climb down the stairs at the agility section LOL. Click on the link below :
On Sunday we had a lazy day, met a friend for coffee and a chat with Madam of course but otherwise we did nothing.
So that is what has been happening in the Layla neighborhood as with the rain at the moment and me back at work nothing exciting is happening although shhh she is getting groomed today and I have not told her yet.
Oy Vey I am going to have to stock up on treats and spoil her afterwards.
Have a wonderful weekend all with lots of fun and laughter.
Hugs and Woof Layla
This week Layla and I discussed it and we want to dedicate our blog to Mothers Day, to all those fantastic Moms out there that do so much for us and / or our fur kids.
To my Mom, although you live far away we wish you a Happy Mothers Day. You taught me about compassion, my love for animals comes from you, and I only wish we could celebrate over a lunch but just know you are in my thoughts, and although you have not met Layla I know you would have so much fun with her.
I am a Mom, not to a two legged child but a four legged child, that is my choice and although there are some that disagree with us calling them our fur kids I am proud to do so in a heart beat and am proud to be Mom to Layla and to all those that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
What is the definition of a Mother, I think there are so many definitions but this is mine and with Layla I try my hardest to live by it.
Being a Mom is being that person that gave birth to you, or with fur kids adopted you.
Being a Dog Mom we care for you, love you, bathe you, take you to the vet, give you toys, celebrate your gotcha day, shop for the best healthiest treats, take lots of photos and videos, comfort you when you are ill, and in a nutshell make sure you are always safe, happy and of course well fed LOL (That is the Jewish side of me)
It’s a blessing, a gift, a relationship that never ends and a love that never fades. I am your Mom and you are my baby.
So to all the Mothers out there, Layla and I want to wish you all a Happy Mothers Day, we hope you get spoiled and have a wonderful day.
With a Woof and Love from Layla
WOW we cannot believe that May has arrived, summer is nearly here and that means all the fun, events and adventures start.
Last weekend was DogFest – one of our favorite events and is a fundraiser for an Elementary School and was chaotically fun as always. The last I heard they raised about 95,000.00 Dollars which is just amazing.
There was lots to see, dogs in costumes, children playing different games, food of course and then the section of all the Pet Supplies and Rescues.
I put Layla in her backpack this year as it was a lot easier to wander around and not worry about her being stepped on. Also BOL to keep her away from begging for too many treats although she did get and came home I think with a sore tummy but survived it all.
While wandering around I came a across an Organization called “Transform a Street Dog”, I had never heard about them and me Ms. Curious had to know more so I spoke with Amanda the founder.
Transform a Street Dog’s Mission:
They work with different volunteers in Ukraine (in Kiev mostly now) and try to find them shelter (volunteer or profit), homes or medical care for dogs they find since there is nowhere like a Humane Society or something like that to bring them. They also donate to a program at a shelter that offers free sterilizations. That is difficult though, because many believe it is unethical to sterilize animals and deny them the right to reproduce.
What They do: Right now, they manage 3 different foster homes with American ex-pat volunteers, and sponsor 2 others in for-profit foster homes called “perederzhkas.” Generally there are not any volunteer foster homes in Ukraine. So they use different ex-pat sites to recruit them. They also work with 2 different shelters and recruit ex-pats to go there weekly to socialize dogs so they can add them to their adoption list.
They also sponsor local adoption ads, but it is a difficult situation in Ukraine with the financial crisis and war in the east. Finding good homes is difficult. That is why they created an adoption program – just to give the dogs more hope.
They also did a very clever idea and that was hand out free doggy bandanas to all the dogs to draw people to their booth and share the information.
On their website they have some really great t-shirts, each sale helps the organization.
I know some of you are going to think why help other countries as we have so many up for adoption here but unfortunately there are so many countries that do not have the organizations like we have here and I believe we must be their voice and speak out so that they are not forgotten.
The other two rescue organizations that were there was Muttville who I spoke about in my last blog and Family Dog Rescue, another really great rescue organization here in San Francisco.
Sunday we just relaxed as Mom was tired LOL plus Monday means work day, so we just lay low and took it easy.
So as you can all see we have been busy as always although Madam has it good being carried around in her backpack and I become the slave.
Have not decided what we are doing this weekend and will plan on Saturday morning,
Have a great weekend all,
With a woof and hug from
Goood Morning Fur Friends,
The weekend is arriving and I am so excited.
Weather has warmed up in San Francisco, summer is around the corner and already all the fun weekend events are starting.
Last weekend the weather was fantastic so on Sunday I took Layla to the 40th anniversary Easter in the Park Event. This event is organized every year at Easter by a non profit organization called The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. They are a non profit organization who have devoted themselves to community service, promoting human rights which includes respect for Diversity. You can read more about them on their website : http:// https://www.thesisters.org/
It was a fun event, lots of music, laughter costumes of course and people and dogs. We sat back on the lawn listening and watching till Madam started to get antsy so after an hour or so we walked home and Madam fell asleep LOL.
So with that event last weekend and DogFest coming up this weekend the weekend outdoors life with events and parks is starting. I am so looking forward to it and I am sure Layla will be too when she see what she gains LOL.
With all this happening I decided to do a review of some new freeze dried treats as they are easy to carry and light and good for the munchies for Madam while we are out and about. The treats that I have reviewed are from my favorite company Raw Paws Pet Food and the major plus is that they are for CATS also – yup, time to include the cats too. Of course, when we do reviews we do a give away and Layla has given her stamp of approval that these are the best of the best.
The Free Run Chicken Recipe – I should make her run for these too, The Free Run Turkey Recipe, The Free Run Duck Recipe, Grass Fed Beef Recipe
All of them are : Grain Free and Gluten Free with no preservatives, additives or fillers. AND are made in the USA with no hormones or antibiotics.
To read more about their fantastic products here is the link :
Plus don’t forget with the LAYLA15 coupon you get 15% off your order.
Raw Paws Pet Food also offered to donate the above treats to one of our favorite Rescue Organizations and we chose Muttville Senior Rescue.
Who is Muttville :
Muttville’s mission is to change the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs and to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, hospice, education, and advocacy. The tragic truth is that every day, dogs in good health with wonderful personalities are euthanized. Why? They’re older. And because they’re older, they’re not considered adoptable. Muttville saves senior and special needs rescue dogs; finds suitable homes for those dogs that are adoptable and offers end of life care for those that are not. These are not just shelter dogs; every day, dogs are moved from loving homes to concrete cages because their guardians have died or moved or simply can’t care for them anymore. If we had our way, no dog would spend its last days in a cold, dark shelter. There is so much love and joy in these dogs! Bringing these special dogs into a home is not only good for the dogs, but such loving, mellow dogs transform the quality of life for the people who adopt or foster them.
You can read more about them on the link : :https://muttville.org/
WOOOF let the give away begin and good luck everyone.
This give away is open for the USA only and persons over 18 years old. All you have to do is click on the rafflecopter link below and it will take you to entry form.
We were sponsored to do this give away and are so happy to be doing it as Layla woofs these treats are worthy of sharing.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone
With a big Woof, Love and Licks from Layla
Rafflecopter Widget Link to enter :
Woof to all my fur friends,
We are woofing this Wednesday because of many reasons but the main one is because of Easter and Passover this weekend.
Last weekend we had fun as usual BOL and on Sunday Mom took me with her to my favorite restaurant Palmyra which is a Syrian place that makes yummy food especially the chicken. That was my payment for modelling for her with the bunny ears which I did not like on my head, but for Mom I have to do things sometimes whether I like it or not.
We also met with my favorite Aunt Barbara, so it was double fun and of course Mom gave me some of her chicken and I put my head on Aunt Barbara’s lap so it was really a fun afternoon. We came home and I just went to bed to sleep while Mom did housework.
Now as we all know holidays are upon us, Easter for the Christians and Passover for the Jews. It is a special time when families get together and eat themselves sick, that is what Mom told me. She only gives me a little to taste but it is the best as that means I get yummy food and not my food, BOL.
So today as we are talking about the Middle East as both Holidays originate there, we are also going to talk about a wonderful woman who is battling and doing her utmost to save all the stray dogs in Bethlehem. She rescues the strays and then they go to a rescue organization in Israel which helps to find the stray dogs homes.
You can read about her in the link below.
The reason we talking about her and the wonderful work she does, is at the moment and it being holidays where our food is plentiful, she is struggling to feed all the stray dogs and reaching out to everyone for help. So I, Layla as a rescue, thought if we each helped with like 5 dollars, it would all add up, and the dogs would have food to eat, that is what we call a Mitzvah which means a good deed done from religious duty. So who is going to step in and help.
I am attaching all the links here, from the Facebook pages, paypal links and go fund me links and we hope everyone will help and share the story.
I heard about her plight through a friend of mine who volunteers in the shelter that is working with her and reached out to me to share the story.
Now that we have shared with the plea, everyone please have a wonderful Easter or Passover, and make sure your pets are all safe from the hazards of these holidays.
Thank you for reading the story about this amazing woman, Diana, sharing and helping
with love and woof from Layla
Morning Fur Friends,
Friday has arrived and that means the fun time and adventures start as there is no rain this weekend, phew.
Thursday, April 11th is National Pet Day which is a very important day. It was started by Colleen Paige to celebrate the joy and love that pets bring into our lives and most important highlight the awareness of the many different animals sitting in shelters all over the world waiting to find forever homes.
This is the reason I will only rescue and not pay a breeder as there are so many in cages begging to go home people should rescue. There are also pure breeds in shelters and rescues for those that want one, opening your door to a rescue of any kind of animal is saving a life, actually not one but two, yours and the rescue.
No animal should have to suffer, especially at the hand of humans and that is why Adopt don’t Shop is so important.
To celebrate this day we can do the following :
Layla is a rescue and like many I am sure when we read the list above we say well we do some of those every day so why not instead do the others also.
I for example try to give back wherever possible, helping rescues is on the top of my list and love sharing with them.
One of the most important things in my life as a Mom to a rescue is to make sure that on weekends I do very little work and spend quality time with Layla giving her extra special love and attention as she is so patient during the week when I am at work.
Last weekend I decided as the weather was so good to take advantage of it and on Sunday we did two dog parks. One in the morning which I call my little paradise as it is a tiny park not far from me, really quiet but has lots of smells, so what can be better than walking there with a cup of coffee, a happy trotting little dog, bag of treats of course, finding a bench and just chilling. Best way to start the day.
At lunchtime we went with a friend to the Chihuahua Meet Up, Layla always is the honorary Chi LOL. I love where they hold it, Stern Grove is amazing and at the end of the park is a fantastic lake, so it is soothing, relaxing and just great being out in nature. Layla loves the smells, wandering around and of course getting some treats, but for me it is quality time, no electronics, just the two of us.
So now that summer is arriving, I am researching new places of adventure for the two of us on weekends, plus of course all the dog events that will be happening in the city, so that our weekends will be filled with fun.
Did you do something special for your pet on National Pet Day ?
Layla is now going to have her morning nap after a long walk and I am catching up on my work,
Have a wonderful weekend everyone With a woof and Love from