Archive for November, 2010

Moss Beach Distillery Taking Dog-Friendly to a Whole New Level

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The Moss Beach Distillery realizes that it is important for dog lovers to have somewhere to relax and have fun, where their dogs are just as welcome as they are. The Distillery has made the move to become the most dog friendly restaurant on the coast. They have a brand new doggie menu that has been designed specifically for dogs. They are also holding seasonal dog photo contests to make your visit even more enjoyable. So now you don’t have to leave your dogs at home and you can both enjoy a beautiful venue overlooking the ocean together.

The Moss Beach Distillery’s doggie menu features items such as grilled hot dogs, mini burger patties, and even a skirt steak for those really good dogs. Other items are available such as a grilled chicken breast, bacon slices, scrambled eggs, and a bowl of kibble. They have already served just over 150 doggie entrees over the 2-month period since they have rolled out their new menu. They also had a total of 127 dogs enter their 1st ever dog photo contest during that same 2-month period. Starting September 7,th it is going to be up to the public to decide who the winners will be. The Distillery’s Facebook page has the top 25 finalists posted and the dog with the most comments will be crowned the winner. Now through September 22nd go to the Distillery’s Facebook page via their website ( to cast your vote for who you think should win cutest dog. There will be one grand prize winner who will receive a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant. Two second place winners will receive $50 gift certificates. Five third place winners will receive $25 gift certificates. Lastly, the restaurant will be giving consolation prizes that are still being determined to thank all entrants who came out to participate. If you are a dog lover and you missed the restaurant’s first contest, don’t despair, there is a Halloween costume contest on the drawing board. Stay tuned by becoming a fan on the Distillery’s Facebook page to be informed of details as they are announced.

Built originally as a speakeasy during the prohibition era, the historic Moss Beach Distillery Restaurant has been an eating and drinking establishment since 1927. The restaurant’s rich history is filled with days of illegal bootlegging alcohol to quench the thirst of silent movie stars and politicians from all over the bay area. The Distillery is most well known for their resident ghost “the blue lady” having been featured on the NBC’s hit series Unsolved Mysteries. The restaurant is perched 150 feet above the ocean overlooking the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and has one of the best views in Northern California. Guests can bask in the sunshine or curl up in a blanket next to a fire pit with their dog and pass the day away.

Five Questions with… Rufus

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Rufus, the 2006 Westminster Best-in-Show winner, returned to Mystic Seaport for Dog Days August 28-29. On Friday, August 27, Rufus was the Grand Marshal and head judge at the Museum’s first Dog Parade.

How long have you worked at Mystic Seaport?
I guess you could call me a seasonal employee. Last year was my first time working at Mystic Seaport, helping out with the first Dog Days event. I was thrilled to be invited last year – as well as this year. It’ll be fun to come back and see the friends I met last year.

What’s the best part of your job?
While I do love laying around all day, I’m pretty lucky in what I get to do. At Mystic Seaport, I loved taking my first boat ride on Necessity and being interviewed by CNN. I also really liked having my picture taken with just about everyone who came to the event. When I’m not at Mystic Seaport, I love visiting my friends in hospitals and nursing homes knowing that I can bring a smile to their face.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Good question. Probably the most challenging aspect is making sure that everyone that wants to pet me or take a picture with me gets a chance. Sometimes things can get a bit crowded. I really love that people come out to see me, so I want to make sure that if someone does, that they get a chance to say hello.

What’s the funniest or most notable on the job experience you’ve had?
I have two great stories from last year. I loved having the chance to go inside the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. That was a ton of fun! I even had my picture taken next to it! The other fun part was taking a walk in downtown Mystic and having people pull to the side of the road, stop their cars and ask if I was Rufus! Who else would I be?! I guess they were excited to see me!

What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to rest and just, well, enjoy some down time. I keep a busy schedule, you know. I also love to go with my mom to run errands
around town. It’s a lot of fun to go to the grocery store and other places with her. I also love the Yankees. I even have a NY Yankees

One in Five respondents to AAA/Kurgo survey admit to driving with dog in their lap

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Millions of Americans recognize that dogs are wonderful companions and bring their favorite furry friend along on road trips, day trips and even day-to-day errands. However, in a vehicle this can mean added distractions for the driver. A recent survey conducted by AAA and Kurgo asked dog owners how often they drive with their dog and about their habits behind the wheel. The survey found that drivers not only love to bring Fido along, but they also often engage in risky behaviors when man’s best friend is along for the ride.

Drivers distracted by dogs, many don’t realize it

Thirty-one percent of respondents admit to being distracted by their dog while driving, however 59 percent have participated in at least one distracting behavior while driving with their dog. More than half (55 percent) have pet their dog while driving, and one in five allowed their dog to sit in their lap (21 percent). Other distracting behaviors drivers admitted to include giving food and water to their dog (seven percent) and playing with their dog (five percent). These behaviors can distract the driver and increase the risk of a crash. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that looking away from the road for only two seconds doubles your risk of being in a crash.

Unrestrained dogs dangerous to driver, passenger and man’s best friend

An overwhelming 80 percent of respondents stated that they have driven with their pets on a variety of car trips including day trips, local errands and leisure trips, the pet store, dog parks and to work. However only 17 percent use any form of pet restraint system when driving with their dog. Use of a pet restraint system, such as those available from Kurgo, can aid in limiting distractions and help protect your pet.

“Restraining your pet when driving can not only help protect your pet, but you and other passengers in your vehicle as well,” cautioned Jennifer Huebner, AAA National, Traffic Safety Programs manager “An unrestrained 10-pound dog in a crash at 50 mph will exert roughly 500 pounds of pressure, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert 2,400 pounds of pressure. Imagine the devastation that can cause to your pet and anyone in the vehicle in its path.”

Survey Methodology

The online study was conducted among a sample of 1,000 dog owners who have driven with their dog in past 12 months. The study results have an average statistical error of +/- 3.1 percent at the 95 confidence level.