Patricia Skeriotis and her faithful companion Myko the dog are trying to plan the perfect vacation. . . their first option in Aspen, Colorado.
After looking through tons & tons of countries with spectacular beaches, majestic mountains, and city hotspots to find the best place for them . . .
They’ve decided to stay right here in the United States.
Together, they have put together a list of 20 places in the US they’d like to see based on the U.S. News 20 Best Places to Visit in the US.
They’re going to depend on YOU to decide for them after going through all the options.
The first option and number 20 on the list is Aspen, Colorado.
This winter wonderland looks like a scene you might see in a snow globe with flakes of snow lazily drifting to the warm light of a city nestled into the blue-grey Rocky Mountains.
While this is primarily a vacation for skiers and those who love snow sports of all kinds, Aspen is no less beautiful in all seasons.
Go during the summer and enjoy the beautiful views offered by the untamable western United States. Enjoy a famous luxury shopping experience and stay in an award-winning resort. This city has it all from the bustle of the town to the quiet of the mountains.
This concludes our first submission to the Patricia and Myko vacation countdown . . .
Do you ever wonder what your dog does all day while you’re at work?
But we know now what they COULD be doing. . .
Hanging out at Uptown Pup with all the other cool dogs!
At this new dog boarding/daycare facility founded by Jason Bornstein and his cousin Trevor Kershaw, your dog will enjoy hours of playtime and socialization with other dogs. Dog daycare will fill your dog’s day with excitement.
If you need a place for your dog to stay while you’re away on business, Uptown Pup offers boarding, too!
Uptown Pup has a 3, 000 square foot play area where your dog will be free to romp or rest, whichever suits him/her.
You’re a dog stuff connoisseur. This daycare/boarding biz isn’t enough to impress the likes of you.
What if I told you that they ALSO offer training, grooming, and walking?
Inspired by her time in South Korea, 21 year old dog lover Sarah Wolfgang plans to intruduce the Dog Cafe to the City of Angels
At the Bau House in Seoul, South Korea, guests can come visit with the twelve dogs there, or bring their own dog in for some playtime (provided he/she meets a few qualifications).
With the purchase of a drink (and maybe some doggy treats) you can stick around for a game of fetch or a round of tug o’ war or maybe just a laid back snuggle session with one of the dogs.
Wolgang hopes to being this same doggy ambiance to a cafe in the L.A. area she will be opening.
In addition to creating a haven for dog lovers in the city, this cafe will also provide a valuable resource to the dogs.
She plans to bring in 12 dogs a day to the cafe after a screening process with trainers assigned to three dogs on staff on any given day to make are the dogs are on their best behavior.
This will give these dogs the chance to win over the hearts of their future forever home family in a relaxed environment, where they can really shine. She plans to work in partnership with Los Angeles Animal Services to find dogs in need to “staff” her cafe.
Patricia and Myko are very excited . . . Thailand has recently passed their first ever Anti Animal Cruelty law.
On November 12, 2014, legislation passed to protect animals in Thailand from abuse. though the law needs some refining, this is a big step in the right direction.
This is perhaps the first of many laws in South East Asia that will give animals basic rights.
Many animal rights activists claim that the law is too vague. Regardless, this is a step in the right direction. There is now an up to THB(Thai currency) 40,000 fine or up to two years jail time penalty for reported animal abuse or neglect.
The law leaves a lot open to the interpretation of the investigating officer. It does not specify exactly what constitutes abuse or neglect.
Parts of the law make a point to differentiate food and non-food animals, but list only cats and dogs under animals that should not be eaten.
An animal rights group in Thailand represented by Chollada “Kae’ Mekratkri have proposed 20 additions to the bill. Amongst the proposed additions are one which would make cat and dog fur trade illegal and one that would make eating live animals illegal.
Thailand has a long way to go on the road to justice for animals, but this is a strong first step.
These soldiers adopt puppies while on deployment in Afghanistan
It’s hard to imagine what it must be like for people and dogs in war torn countries.
This uplifting story tells the tale of a litter of puppies adopted by a unit of soldiers in Afghanistan. They fell in love with a stray dog who would follow them out on missions and soon find out she was pregnant.
The soldiers take the puppies in as their own during the tour; feeding them their MREs and whatever food they could find to keep the pups growing.
After returning from deployment, they wondered if they would ever see the dogs who came to mean so much to them again.
Nowzad for dogs and Guardians of Rescue made it possible for them to bring all 8 home.
After a three month long holding period and vaccinations and micro chipping, the pups were ready to come home.
Nowzad Dogs is a non profit founded by a Royal Marine who similarly fell in love with a dog in Afghanistan. He worked hard to bring him his stray and founded this organization to help other soldiers do the same. The non profit also helps animal welfare of dogs still in Afghanistan.
Myko traces his history back with the rest of the Shih Tzu breed.
Dowager Empress Cixi had a kennel of Pugs, Pekingnese, and Shih Tzu that was celebrated worldwide.
It is thanks to her vigilance that we have the breed as it exists now.
The palace eunuchs who were in charge of the actual breeding process mixed the breeds in the kennels some in order to reduce defects caused by excessive inbreeding. This also helps to keep the size down and make desirably unique markings on the puppies.
If it weren’t for Empress Cixi, the Shih Tzu as we know it would not exist today.
Myko and his mommy Patricia Skeriotis are very grateful!
Or maybe they’re grown in pots of dog food like this little guy. 😉
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Myko traces his history back with the rest of the Shih Tzu breed.
Where we left off, these “lion dogs” were in China.
But how did they get there?
Around 600 AD, small dogs from Malta, Turkey, Greece and Persia were being exported to China as gifts to the ruling emperors. It is thought that the Grand Lamas of Tibet made gifts of small dogs to the Chinese Imperial Court as well. Breeding small dogs was an important hobby of many Chinese emperors and empresses over the centuries. They would breed the Western imports with their Tibetan gift dogs and with Pugs and Pekingese.
What resulted is the oldest ancestor of the Shih Tzu.
Stay tuned for more of Myko’s history tomorrow!
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Information Credited To: http://americanshihtzuclub.org/breed_astc_history