Archive for April, 2011

New Mexico Governor OKs Paws on Patios

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Gov. Susana Martinez signed Senate Bill 11 with a flourish, to the applause and cheers of supporters. Best of all, nobody pooped on the patio. Surrounded by well-behaved pooches including her own Alaskan malamute, Riggs, Martinez signed into law a measure authorizing restaurants throughout New Mexico to allow dogs in designated outdoor dining spaces.

“I know how important dogs can be to their owners, and owners to their dogs,” said Martinez, who signed the legislation on the patio at Louie’s Corner Cafe in downtown Santa Fe, just a few blocks from the Capitol.

Louie himself was there, a 5-year-old Shih Tzu sporting the pink bandanna he wears on the restaurant’s sign.

Among other supporters: a golden retriever, a Labrador retriever, an Irish wolfhound, a Norwich terrier, a sheltie, a sheepdog and a puppy of indeterminate parentage.

The new law leaves it up to restaurants to decide whether to allow dogs outdoors. It’s already done in Albuquerque.

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Animal Behavior College Launches Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Course

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Animal Behavior College (ABC) announced it has added a Pet Sitting and Dog Walking course to their continuing education program roster. The course marks the 3rd in ABC’s Continuing Education Programs (CEP’s) and is the first to be available to graduates of all 3 of ABC’s programs. Written by Wendy Wilson, former Editor of Bow Tie Publications and published author, the Pet Sitting/Dog Walking CEP will teach students the ins and outs of owning this burgeoning pet industry business; one of the fastest growing home-based businesses according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

“Steven Appelbaum, President of ABC says, ““This CEP is unique both in its appeal to all of our students and also because it allows pet professionals the chance to stand out from the competition and increase their bottom line while continuing to help animals and the people who love them. The demand for our CEP’s has been so great that we are developing additional ones for launch later this year and next.”

ABC’s Pet Sitting & Dog Walking CEP is available to all of their graduates on line and includes such topics as how to properly work with and care for a variety of different kinds of pets. Topics range from identifying and understanding body language, canine, feline and avian behavior, basic nutrition, creating mental and physical stimulation, personal and home owner safety, creating and maintaining schedules. It also focuses on business building techniques such as marketing, insurance and building clientele. This course is designed to give graduates the skills to offer this service to their client base.

Animal Behavior College is a highly innovative vocational school for animal lovers looking to pursue and succeed in animal careers. Currently ABC offers three programs; Certified Dog Trainer, Veterinary Assistant and Dog Groomer. For more information on ABC please visit

Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the East Bay Regional Park District to drastically reduce dog areas

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I live in Berkeley and wonder if you are aware of the current plans of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) to drastically reduce their accessibility by people with dogs.

GGNRA and EBRPD encompass thousands of acres of unparalleled beauty in the Bay Area, with many wild and undeveloped areas that most people never see (unless they’re taking their dogs). You don’t list them all your website, but the freedom to enjoy these places with dogs is unmatched in California, perhaps in the nation. It is extraordinary to have such magnificent natural and scenic areas in a densely populated area like San Francisco.

GGNRA has a plan in the works that would all but eliminate off-leash activities at popular places like Fort Funston, Muir Beach, Ocean Beach, etc. Currently only 1% of GGNRA allows dogs but they want to take that away. The proposed changes would make these places inaccessible, seriously affecting the quality of life for thousands of people and their dogs.

In Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, the EBRPD (over 100,000 acres) has allowed dogs to be under voice control, off-leash, in virtually all undeveloped areas. They are considering severely restricting access for people with dogs, making the Bay Area decidedly dog-unfriendly.

As I’m sure you know, San Francisco is a freedom-loving city. There are roughly 120,000 dogs in SF alone, and the rest of the Bay Area compounds that exponentially. Nearly 16 million people visited here last year, 71% of them for leisure. Many of them with their dogs. (I can’t find statistics on that – maybe you can help?)

Can you help us keep these places accessible to people with their dogs? They are major factors in making the Bay Area such a wonderful place to live and visit.

For your information:

from E Freed – Berkeley