Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SAVING A DOG'S LIFE: Mojo's Mission That Could Be Yours

SAVING A DOG'S LIFE: Mojo's Mission

The following is an inspired piece with suggestions for friends of incarcerated, Ill Or Elderly Dog Owners. It's a plea for your help, for the dogs.


The other day I saw a case where a helpless tiny chihuahua named Mojo starved to death, locked in a room all alone, for no other reason than his elderly owner with Alzheimer's forgot about him. He was discovered too late and despite rescuer's efforts, little Mojo passed away.

Another case I read about was where a woman was sentenced to prison and she told no one about her one-year-old pup back at home.  The pup, so in love with his owner, while starving to death, crawled onto a pile of his owner's clothes, looking for comfort while dying, and eventually starving to death, all alone. The abandoned pet was discovered when neighbors noted a fly infestation coming from the residence.


My heart cries out in anguish and my tears run free for these poor, defenseless victims of this kind of slow, cruel tragedy. I can only hope that they have a better experience now that they've crossed that mythical rainbow bridge.


For the first case, Mojo, there is a Facebook page dedicated to helping prevent these kinds of languishing tragedies. On this page, you will find Mojo's Mission, a statement or plea for help that has been created by the people to help save innocent victims like this. Their challenge to you, me and anyone else who might read this is as follows:

Reach out
To your local vet's offices;
Your local Senior Centers;
Your local Area Agency on Aging;
Your local churches. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The 2016 Pet Food Express Bay Area Pet Fair With Stunt Dog Productions

Last weekend Vader & friends were part of a show with Stunt Dog Productions at one of the biggest pet adoption fairs in California, called the Pet Food Express Bay Area Pet Fair held at the Marin Center at San Rafael, CA on Oct 15 & 16, 2016. The Stunt Dog Productions team put on demos throughout the weekend.

Over the last few years, the Bay Area Pet Fair got over 3,700 pets adopted into new homes and boasts an attendance of over 75,000 animal lovers.


Saturday was a crazy day. The weather was an angry mistress with blustery winds and at times, heavy rain. But thank goodness we were performing under a "big top" tarp.

On top of that, Cesar Millan was in the Bay Area region filming for his new show with his son Andre, called Dog Nation. The show will premiere in February, 2017 on Nat Geo Wild.

After spending the week in the Bay Area, Cesar held two shows at the Fair, resulting in the Stunt Dogs team sharing the "big top" with Cesar and Andre.  No matter what anyone may say, Cesar puts on a funny show and showed that there's no editing involved with how fast he can introduce change with problem dogs.

Our shows on Saturday had huge crowds despite the weather, but the only photography that took place was when Cesar's production team taped our second show and interviewed our Stunt Dog team leader. Yea, no pressure there!

On Sunday we had a great rehearsal round for the show, then performed two more stunt dog shows for the day.

All in all, it ended up being a great weekend as we pulled together a fantastic show with a great team which included Vader, Lark, our bud Kristen and her pup Barley and Sara Carson and her pups. Wow, watching Sara put on a show is an amazing thing to watch!

You can check out more pics from the demo over on Vader's Flickr album.
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Stunt Dog

Bay Area Pet

Cesar Millan returns in February with Dog Nation

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Be Prepared: Know Your 24-Hour Vet Locations!

Know Your 24-Hour Vet Locations! A message from Vader, the Disc Dog

Always Be Prepared For Pet Emergencies, And Know Your 24-Hour Vet Locations!


Whether it be a something silly or something serious, when something affects your pet after normal business hours of your local Vet, there aren't too many options one might have. Plus, being outside normal business hours, sometimes the simplest of maladies can bring on a life of their own.

One of the problems with encountering issues after hours is whether you want to wait until the next day to have something looked at, and see if it rights itself or not.

But waiting for somewhere between 12 and 18 hours may not always be your best option, if say, your pup gets a foxtail up his or her nose or eats somthing funky. Waiting those 12 to 18 hours could potentially mean the difference of a simple procedure to something potentially worse.

And in 99% of the time, conferring with Facebook Animal groups or pages IS NOT the best way to go.


On the other end of the spectrum of maldies, if your pup got attacked by another dog or hit by a car, you would need immediate medical attention.

It's moments like these when your own adrenaline and panic modes will probably kick in. And when you are under an extreme amount of duress, are you at your best? Or at your most efficient?

Maybe, then again, maybe not.


It's always good to be prepared for emergencies or other unforeseen events. Here are a few things you can do to be more prepared, if you have not already done these:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Earthquakes Halftime Show in San Jose

Vader on the San Jose Earthquakes practice field, playing with some of the players

Hi everyone.

This coming Saturday night (9-10-16) Vader, as part of the team of The Disc Dogs of the Golden Gate, will be performing during the halftime show at Avaya Stadium in San Jose when The San Jose Earthquakes face off against the Seattle Sounders, and with our support, trounce those Sounders!

This will be the second time the DDoGG team has performed at Avaya, with last year being our premiere at this event.

If you are a soccer fan and might be on the bubble about going to the game... come watch the Earthquakes rattle the Sounders while the DDoGG entertain the fans during halftime!

And after the show, we'll be out behind the bar for a meet and greet with anyone interested in coming to visit the team!

PLUS, it is Root Beer Float Night, "for the charity event to scoop, pour and serve root beer floats to fans with a recommended $5 donation to the Positive Coaching Alliance, an organization dedicated to the development of young athletes and youth sports in the Bay Area."

-Vader, et al!

Check out this teaser preview of Vader the disc dog and DDoGG on the practice field with the team...

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Team Vader At 'Bark For Life' Tournament In Benicia

This upcoming Saturday, August 20th, 2016, Disc Dog Vader and the team will be participating in the Disc Dogs of the Golden Gate event called "Disc Dogs Against Cancer" being held in Benicia, CA, at Benicia Middle School, located at 1100 Southampton Rd., Benicia, California 94510.

The weekend in Benicia is dedicated to the fight against the evil scourge of the earth, cancer, where they will be raising awareness and money for the fight.

On Friday night, there will be a "Relay for Life of Benicia" walk fundraiser, starting at 6pm, at Benicia Middle School.


Then on Saturday, there will be a human/dog event, where DDoGG will be holding our tournament, in association with a Bark for Life event:

"The American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer.

By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays."

If you're in the Benicia area, come on out for the fun, or support of the fight.


A few weeks later, Team Vader, with the demo team from The Disc Dogs of the Golden Gate will be out in San Francisco performing a disc dog demo for another Bark for Life event. Last year's exceeded their fund raising goals while they were still at the park.

This event, on August 27th, will be at Hellman Hollow, 750 John F. Kennedy Drive, in SF.

So if Benicia's event this upcoming Saturday is too far away, but SF might be doable, then we'll see you there, performing our high flying freestyle stunts, as normal.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dogs And The Fourth of July, Take Protective Measures

In a nutshell, if your dog does not like fireworks, keep them indoors for the few days leading up to July 4, and maybe even a day after. And microchip or double check that your microchip info is up to date. Just in case.


The Fourth of July is coming and most dog custodians know that with July 4th, some dogs can get pretty frightened or skiddish from the loud bangs going off in the sky all around them.

To dogs, fireworks are unnatural, shocking, and downright scary. Like the sky itself is barking at them and ripping apart. And that ain't right!

The sad and scary part of this entire process is that it's not just the fourth of July you have to worry about, but the week leading up to and possibly a few nights after the holiday.

That's because sometimes people feel the need to 'practice' with their big loud bang-makers before the big night. And for me, that's when I think some dog owners can be at the most risk, those days leading up to the fourth and not expecting it. A peer of mine in the disc dog world lost his dog to testing that took place a few nights prior to the 4th. And if a well trained disc dog can be impacted by this stuff, you do the math.


When fireworks and the like go off animals can react in different ways. Some don't care one bit. (If you're lucky.) Others will freak a bit, looking around, wondering what the hell is that!? Others will bolt for parts unknown in the house, hide under things or what not. They'll shake and shiver, possibly thinking the world is ending.

We know the world isn't ending. They don't.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer is Coming, Be Smart And Protect Our Dogs

The summer heat is here in full force today and I am tired of seeing FB posts and the like of reports of dogs in hot cars with the windows cracked an inch.

To The Dog Custodians Out There:

Personally, I'd like to see how you feel about sitting in the same car with your dog, with the windows opened a crack when it's 90 outside, with no shade or wind?

To be honest, "cracked" open windows and thoughtless statements like "They'll be fine" are mindless thoughts from ignorant dog custodians. Period.  Did you know that rolling down the windows a bit HAS ZERO EFFECT on the environment inside the car?

Did you know that your dog can suffer heat stroke or brain damage and can even die from a mere 15 minutes of roasting in a car? But it's "OK?" I love the famous line, I will only be gone a couple of minutes. Have you ever timed yourself and your store visits?

When the temperature is:

  • 78-degrees outside, it can get up to 100-120 degrees in the car.
  • On a 90-degree day, it can get up to 160 degrees in about 10 minutes.

And that's what you leave your dogs in?

The fix to this is to leave your pups at home. They can't expel heat like we can, so the effects of heat builds up faster in them. That's because they're primary cooling process is panting. But when they pant hot breath back out into the hot car you just left them in seems like more of a punishment or cruel trap.

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To the Dog Humanitarians out there:

First, I never want to hear that "I had ice cream in the car, so I could not stay." posted to FB if someone sees an animal in distress. OMG, so an innocent life may cease and suffer horrendously before it dies, because you did not want your ice cream to melt!? Sometimes events take precedence over moments.