Yes, you read that right. Under consideration tonight by San Francisco's Commission of Animal Control and Welfare is an ordinance that would make it illegal to sell pets within city limits! This stems from a growing number of animals of all kinds abandoned or in shelters facing euthanization. While I most definitely agree with cutting down on puppy mill dogs, for example, this law would ban the sale of any "companion animal" — including dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, and lizards — other than rabbits or ferrets (which are already illegal) and fish.Believed to be the country's first such ban, on the one hand I think of the poor conditions of some animals in pet stores, and on the other I'm imagining a "black market" for small mammals.
Every Spring, San Francisco hosts the Bark & Whine Ball — this year it's March 25 — to benefit the SF/SPCA’s Cinderella Fund. Not only is this a great cause that helps pay for the medical needs of homeless animals, but it's a fun party with pets welcome!
While North and I have never attended this particular event, we have checked out past Petchitecture parties, where cocktail dresses and dogs mixed things up. Have you ever attended a black-tie event with your pet, be it an animal function or a wedding perhaps?
One of Santa's little helpers at this year's Petchitecture event was Michael Cunningham, owner of one of my fave pet shops here in the city, Babies. He donated tons of tasty treats to please the furry guests, and buckets of goodies for the silent auction that brought in much needed funds for the Pets are Wonderful Support (PAWS), a volunteer-based organization that provides for the comprehensive needs of companion animals for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS, other disabling illnesses, and senior citizens. Since I dig his store (and his big heart), I thought I would give you a tour at Babies' brand new location at Laguna and Linden in the hip Hayes Valley area of San Francisco.
While I was there, I picked Michael's brain about some of the hottest trends of the upcoming summer season, his dog food of choice, and his fave celeb pets. To find out what he had to say, and to take a photo tour of the shop, just read more
Attention newbie and experienced yogis! It's time to register for the 2008 San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference. It's January 18-21 so mark your calendars. If you register by November 16, you'll get the early bird discount price.
You can sign up to do all four days, or you can pick which days you want to do. I love that you can do all-day intensives on Friday and Monday, and shorter workshops on the weekend. Sessions are led by well-known Yogis including Baron Baptiste, Ana Forrest, Sharon Gannon and David Life (founders of Jivamukti Yoga), Tias Little, Dharma Mittra, Shiva Rea, Rod Stryker, Seane Corn, and Rodney Yee. I don't know about you, but my moola bandha is excited just thinking about this conference.
Click here to get more details on the San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference, and to see a brochure (which includes all the prices). The full price for all four days is $750 (if you sign up before Nov 16). If you're only interested in attending classes Friday through Sunday, the cost is $425. If participating just for the weekend is more your speed, the cost will only be $279. Once you have decided, you can register here.
Fit's Tips: Yoga conferences aren't just for people who have been practicing yoga for many years. If you're new to yoga, conferences are a great way to try out many different styles of yoga to see which one you like better. Plus after a long weekend of Yoga, you're bound to feel relaxed and replenished.