The Charm Of Hermann Missouri Draws Many Wine Lovers

Sitting on board a flight to St Louis, I’m reminded of my visit to Hermann Missouri, the charming town situated along the Missouri River in the heart of the Missouri Wine Country. The location of Hermann is reminiscent of the Rhine River Valley and the quaint German Towns that reside along its banks. The German

Paso Robles: A dog-friendly weekend escape

San Luis Obispo County is a very pet-friendly area. This article is the first in a series showing the virtues dog-friendly California. I will begin with Paso Robles, as this was my first stop in my journey discovering fun places to visit with a dog. My canine companion on this excursion was my Saluki, Zoe.

Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines: A Passion For Wine Made Real

The wineries of the Sta. Rita Hills focuses primarily on the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. Kessler-Hawk Vineyard and Wines are one of those wineries, but they also create some other varietals that make their winery unique. Owned by Dan and Ellen Kessler, Kessler-Hawk is one of the few Stae. Rita Hills wineries that produce

Sydney Tibetan Terrier by Cori Solomon

Sydney Was Supposed to Die — Not Win Awards at Dog Shows

This is the week of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which ended last night. Exhibitors find this prestigious show a great honor and privilege. Those who watch on television see some of the beautiful dogs, but there’s more to the competition and the event behind the scenes. Last year was my first visit to

Parker, a Saluki

I Enabled My Saluki’s Midnight Rabbit Hunt — By Accident

Salukis are the oldest recognized breed of dogs, bred to hunt rabbits and gazelle. In California, you don’t see many gazelles, but rabbits can be quite abundant. They were out in droves a couple of weeks ago when my husband and I took our three Salukis, Parker, Lexi, and Zoe, to Palm Desert for the

Gabe, a Military Labrador

We Interview the People Behind the First U.S. National Monument to Military Dogs

If you watched the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, you probably saw the Canines with Courage float dedicated to military dogs. It was sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Food and modeled after the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument, scheduled to be dedicated in the fall. The float and monument honor American military dogs

Rosario Mission Cat

Rosario’s Mission In Life: The Cat of Mission San Antonio De Padua

In California, the Missions were a significant part of our history. One Mission,  San Antonio De Padua in Monterey County, has a hidden secret with a special gem: a black cat named Rosario. Mission San Antonio De Padua is hidden away in on the grounds of Fort Hunter Liggett. It is the third Mission to

Brian Champlin and Cynthia Miranda at Succulent Cafe

From The Abyss to the Frying Pan Brian Champlin Finds Life

Brian Champlin is like a cat with nine lives. Going through two near-death experiences that he survived to tell about and discovering his real calling in life has made him a better person, giving him the chance to explore the culinary arts and become the passionate chef and restaurant owner he is today. Life In

Pearl: Search and Rescue Dog - ASPCA Dog of the Year

ASPCA Dog of the Year: Pearl the shelter dog
turned search and rescue dog

Pearl does it again.  From shelter dog to search and rescue dog, to heroine of the book, “A New Job for Pearl,” and now the ultimate award ASPCA Dog of the Year. The latter was announced this month.  Captain Ron Horetski of the Los Angeles County Fire Department (Pearl’s handler) and Pearl will go to

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