Category Archives: Events

Puppy Summer Sundays with Canine Companions for Independence

This past Sunday, I stopped by the Puppy Summer Sunday event held by Canine Companions for Independence, or CCI.  Kimi, The Daily Toki reader that won the paracord leash in our recent giveaway, is a volunteer puppy raiser for CCI … Continue reading

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Dogwood Ikebana

On Sunday, for Mother’s day, I went with my mom-in-law to an Ikebana workshop by Mikiko Ideno, at Tortoise, one of my favorite local shops here in Venice.  Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. The stems of the … Continue reading

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The Schipperke: Barge dogs of Belgium

Meet “Raisin,” a Belgian Schipperke.  Originally a small herding dog, in later years the Shipperke was known as a shopkeeper’s friend, and canal barge ratter.  Described as a “black, thickset square little dog,” these delightfully smart, busybody pups are “a … Continue reading

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SPLASH dogs

I’m already looking forward to summer, when I want to reintroduce Toki to the beach.  The first time she caught sight of the ocean, she ran straight into the waves and got bowled over.  But she seemed happy and was … Continue reading

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It’s Monday. Time for some puppies, pigs, and ponies.

You heard me, I said Puppies, Pigs, and Ponies! Courtesy of the Pet Expo.  This is the last week of photos from this event.  Enjoy! This lovely pooch was looking for a new home. While this little girl communed with … Continue reading

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What’s a Duck Tolling Retriever, and why are they so cute?

It turns out that the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is meant to be cute.  So cute, in fact, that they’re used to lure ducks closer to their duck hunting owners. In the early 19th century (and probably earlier), hunters … Continue reading

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The Big Black Shelter Dog Awareness Campaign

At the pet expo, while my friends and I wandered through a building full of adoptable dogs, cats, and even bunnies, we met a sweet and lovable dog named Eddy.  Originally, we stopped at the booth to say hi to … Continue reading

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Huskies, Klee Kais, and more pups at America’s Family Pet Expo

Pet expos are a great place to visit if you’re thinking of adopting a dog of a specific breed.  We found a lot of breed-specific rescue groups with tons of information to provide prospective adopters, and plenty of contacts to … Continue reading

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Discovering the Shikoku Ken

One of the best aspects of the America’s Family Pet Expo was the opportunity to get acquainted with a wide variety of interesting breeds.  You may not know this about me, but I’m a huge fan of spitz dogs – … Continue reading

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Dura Doggie: The toy that lets you “chews your cause”

We promised that we’d tell you about some of the more interesting products we came across at the recent Pet Expo in Orange County. One of the coolest lines of toys that we were introduced to at the expo were Dura … Continue reading

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