Archive for the ‘Pets’ Category

Santa Barbara’s Adopt-a-Pet of the Week – Fox

Friday, February 18th, 2011
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Adopt Fox, An Adorable Chihuahua Mix

Looking for true happiness in Santa Barbara…you’ll find it in a tiny Chihuahua named Fox!

Fox came to DAWG with her daughter, Chiquita. They lost their home when their family moved. Chiquita found her new forever family, but Fox is still anxiously awaiting hers! Shy at first, Fox warms up quickly. She is the perfect size to snuggle with or go on beach trips! She’s a real sweetheart in more ways than one.

Meet Fox at DAWG (Dedicated Animal Welfare Group), located at 5480 Overpass Road in Goleta, CA or visit online at www.sbdawg.org. Adopt her and you’ll realize the true meaning of happiness. :)

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans”. – James Alfred Wight

Chihuahua Mix, Neutered Female; Age: 5 yr; Size: 12 lbs

Santa Barbara’s Adopt-a-Pet of the Week – Austin

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Adopt Austin at k-9pals.org

Adopt Austin at k-9pals.org

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Looking for true happiness in Santa Barbara…you’ll find it in a tiny Chihuahua named Austin!

Austin is a tiny, sweet, and good natured little fellow. I guess you could say he’s cute as a button! He loves to play with his kennel mates, but he is also looking for the perfect parents to take him home! You can’t go wrong with this little guy. He’s a real sweetheart in more ways than one.

Meet Austin at K-9 PALS, located at 5473 Overpass Road in Goleta, CA or visit online at www.k-9pals.org. Adopt him and you’ll realize the true meaning of happiness. 🙂

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans”. – James Alfred Wight

Chihuahua Mix, Neutered Male; Age: 1 yr; Size: 5.7 lbs

Santa Barbara Active Life Styles: Elings Park!

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Are you looking to relocate to an area that has everything for the active life style? A great choice would be the Santa Barbara area! It is full of active people and there are plenty of sports and activities available for everyone to enjoy. Most people think of Santa Barbara for surfing and other ocean/water sports but the truth is you can find just about any activity or sport available in the area.

One popular recreation area in Santa Barbara is Elings Park:

"Santa Barbara's Beautiful Elings Park"

Santa Barbara's Beautiful Elings Park

"Paragliders taking off at Elings Park"

Paragliders taking off at Elings Park

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Elings Park offers a wide range of activities on their 97 acres such as: baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, rugby and ultimate Frisbee. If sports are not your cup of tea, you can try paragliding, off leash dog walking, hiking, radio controlled car racing, bmx racing or the downhill mountain bike course. There is literally something for everyone… including great views!

The three lighted softball fields get plenty of use. See the schedule below to find a league that suits you:

  • Monday – Women’s League (7 teams)  /  Age: 50+ League (4 teams)  Fast pitch skills & practice
  • Tuesday – Lower Coed (7 teams),  Lower Men’s (7 teams), Upper Men’s (7 teams)
  • Wednesday – Fast pitch (5 teams),  Lower Coed (7 teams), Upper Coed (7 teams)
  • Thursday – Lower Coed (5 teams),  Mid Coed (5 teams), Upper Men’s (5 teams)  /  Lower Men’s (7 teams)
  • Friday – Lower/Upper/Middle Coed (21 max)
"Elings Park Women's Softball League"

Elings Park Women's Softball League

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If you want to join a team or start one of your own you can go to the Elings Park website or contact Clyde at clydebennett13@yahoo.com; or to inquire about renting a baseball/softball field, please contact Interim Program Director Predrag Novakovic at 569-5611 x13.

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So come out to Eling’s Park, bring the family and the pets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. You’re sure to have a lot of fun…see you there!

-Sylvia Miller

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Sylvia Elizabeth Miller, ‘The Right Realtor® For You’
Senior Realtor® Associate
Certified Short Sale/REO Agent

Broker: Coastal Properties, Inc
Email: sylvia@sanbarb.com
Cell: 805-448-8882 ~ Toll Free: 877-San-Barb
Web: SantaBarbaraConnection.com
DRE #: 00558548

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Want to brighten up your day? Adopt a Chihuahua!

Sunday, April 4th, 2010
ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

Chihuahuas have gotten a bad rap as far as dog breeds go. As an owner of two of these adorable creatures, and someone who knows a lot of other people who own them as well, it blows my mind that anyone could think of them as “yappy” or mean dogs. I am going to tell you all the reasons why Chihuahuas make the perfect addition to almost any family.

Most people consider dogs to be extremely loyal animals; after all, they are “man’s best friend”. Chihuahuas however are known for their devotion to their owners. They will also adapt to your lifestyle. If you want to play, they will run around surely put a smile on your face. On the other hand, if you feel like just hanging out, they will lie next to you or in your lap and be perfectly happy as well. They also interact well with other dogs, both inside and outside their breed.

They are small. Some people just don’t like small dogs, and that’s fine, but there are a lot of advantages to dogs that don’t take up much space. One of these is that they don’t take up much space. They can live comfortably with you in practically any living situation. Also they can’t do very much damage to your home. Other than accidents on the carpet there is not much they can do to damage your things.

Please Adopt a Chihuahua!

Just look at that face. Chihuahuas are so cute; they can just brighten up your day. Their large eyes, which give new meaning to the concept of “puppy dog eyes”, give their faces so much expression and personality. There are different types of Chihuahuas as well. There is the toy or teacup, which are the tiniest of all, the short-haired, probably most commonly attributed to the “Taco Bell dog”, and the long-haired version. They also come in several different colors.

They make great guard dogs. While their bark is much, much worse than their bite, Chihuahuas are extremely protective and territorial. Their impeccable hearing allows them to hear things that you or I normally wouldn’t. They will know someone is coming up to the door long before their owners will, and the dogs will let the “intruder” know that they have been spotted as well. Once they are used to a person coming into “their” house though, they will be just as sweet as can be.

They are portable. A lot of dogs love to go for rides in the car, and Chihuahuas are no different. Because of their size, it is very easy to scoop them up and have them keep you company on short, or even long trips.

I have come to believe that people who think Chihuahuas are mean dogs, probably don’t know too much about them and certainly can’t have owned one before. If you are considering adding a dog to your family, I urge you not to overlook this beautiful, loving, and playful breed.

Santa Barbara is home to many wonderful, caring individuals and groups who strive to better the lives of animals in need. Following is a list of many of our local Rescue Groups and Humane Societies which benefit animals in the Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Ventura County areas.

Local Santa Barbara Area Animal Rescue Groups

  1. K-9 Pals at the Santa Barbara Animal Shelter.
  2. The Ventura County Animal Shelter in Camarillo
    Note that they currently have 49 darling Chihuahuas available for adoption, please rescue one and your life will be so much happier!
  3. Dog Adoption and Welfare Group (DAWG)
    Volunteer organization that cares for dogs and puppies. DAWG is located next door to the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter at 5480 Overpass Rd.
    PO Box 92210, Santa Barbara, CA 93190, (805) 681-0561, bbaker123@cox.net
  4. Santa Barbara Humane Society
    Provides animal assistance in SLO and SB counties. palsfoundation@hotmail.com, (805) 544-0984
  5. HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team)
    An all volunteer, non-profit group on the Central Coast dedicated to the rescue, neuter, fostering and adoption of abandoned and forgotten pets. Where cold noses meet warm hearts!
    PO Box 1394, Cambria, CA 93428 (805) 772-HART or (805) 927-RESQ, coldnoses@slohart.org
    Visit HART’S new Pet Rescue, Adoption and Supply Center located at 1500 Main St. in Cambria, California.
  6. Humane Society of Ventura County
    Assisting animals in the Ventura and Ojai areas.
    402 Bryant Street, Ojai, CA, (805) 656-5031
  7. Santa Ynez Humane Society
    Assisting animals in need in the Santa Ynez Valley.
    111 Commerce Dr., Buellton, CA, (805) 688-8224
  8. Santa Barbara’s Craigslist
    A great resource to find pets of all kinds to adopt and help.
  9. “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us and trusting as a child they are, and we must be kind and take care of their needs…[They] are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no right to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty.”
    -James Harriot, Author, “All Creatures Great and Small”

Pets…growing segment of real estate industry!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Santa Barbara is a very pet friendly community! Pets and their families are a growing segment of the real estate industry and we at Santa Barbara Connection can help you find the best pet friendly real estate available in all of our beautiful locations, including Montecito, Hope Ranch, Goleta, Carpinteria, and …Santa Ynez (home to many world famous horse farms).

Meet our friendly little Chihuahua mascot, ChaCha.

ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

ChaCha, Official Mascot of SBC

ChaCha, the best and only official Chihuahua Realtor Assistant in Santa Barbara. Ask her ANYTHING about Pets and Pet Friendly Real Estate and she will retrieve the answers! chacha@sanbarb.com
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ChaCha was born into a Santa Barbara family of Real Estate Professionals. ChaCha’s mother, Sylvia Miller is one of Santa Barbara’s most experienced real estate agents. ChaCha’s grandmother, the late Gail Miller Ross, was considered amongst her peers to have been one of the best Realtors® in Santa Barbara.

If your family members include the four-legged, furry kind, Sylvia and ChaCha can help you find the perfect pet-friendly home. For more information on the Santa Barbara Real Estate Market, or more specific information about its neighborhoods and/or any other areas within Santa Barbara, Montecito, Carpinteria, Goleta, Hope Ranch, Summerland, and/or The Santa Ynez Valley, please contact our Agent on Duty:

Sylvia Elizabeth Miller,
Senior Realtor® Associate
Broker: Coastal Properties, Inc
Email: sylvia@sanbarb.com
Cell: 805-448-8882 ~ Toll Free: 877-San-Barb
Web: SantaBarbaraConnection.com
DRE #: 00558548