Hi it’s Charly, KOIT's proud #CrazyCatLady & avid dog lover. When I’m not hanging with my five furry family members, I’m volunteering with animals, enjoying a Bay Area microbrew or touring a dog-friendly vineyard. >^..^<
Hanging out with Audrey Cooper, Editor-In-Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle, was an absolute blast. (At least for me!) As you can see, she's no stodgy, old-school overseer of a newsroom. In fact, here's her favorite newspaper joke:
Putting out a world class, award-winning newspaper is certainly no joke. Audrey explains what aspect of the Chronicle ends up costing the most:
How exciting to be able to chat with Audrey Cooper, Editor-In-Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle. Having covered news all over the SF Bay Area, this lady's seen it all! So you have to wonder, what stories stuck out in her mind?
Audrey divulges two of the more memorable news stories she's covered:
Next: Chronicle's costs + the Editor-In-Chief's favorite newsroom joke!
Kashi, my Tonkinese, loves to go to stores and strut his stuff, while wearing
the dog's harness & leash. (Obviously a SF 49er fan!) Kashi's FAVORITE place
to go roaming is the Pet Food Express on Sloat & 20th Ave (Stonestown) in
San Francisco, because of the fuss they make over him!
He even has a favorite employee.... Keith Partridge (yes, real name) who bought him the cat nip that captured his heart. As Keith put it, "that cat deserves it".
I was lucky enough to be taping as Kashi's love story unfolded:
The employees knew how to get Kashi's attention... food. (Like his mama!)
Fat & happy, Kashi leaves his favorite store to find new adventures.
This adorable 8th grade cheerleader at Lincoln High School in Kenosha, WI was being bullied by students during a basketball game. Desiree ("Dee") Andrews has Down Syndrome, and the taunting caught the attention of others.
Three players called a timeout and walked OFF the court and INTO the stands to teach them a lesson... PEACEFULLY... showing them the respect they did not show Dee. A beautiful thing happened. Watch the story here:
Courtesy TMJ4 The gym was christened D's House, and now she never has to walk alone.
Dee said one day she wanted to be famous. She's getting her wish!
Stand up for others, when you know in your heart there's an injustice.
These have got to be the cutest & coolest banks I've ever seen.
Bunnies & dogs in the shape of balloon animals!
I saw them as I was walking by the SFMOMA Museum Store in downtown San Francisco, and whipped inside so fast. I was out the door almost as fast though, when I saw the price. (Bunny $40, Dog $50) Just don't have that in my wallet right now.
Have you met Ida? She's 102, and a legend at the San Jose Country Club in CA. Ida Pieracci holds the record for eleven holes-in-one!
Ida embodies my belief system, although I often need to remind myself of it, and stop the endless loop in my head that tells me what I can and can't do because of some numbers on my birth certificate.
"Aging" is not entirely physical... many of the effects are from our mental programming. It's time to change the script in our minds about what we think
is supposed to happen as we get older. To put it in persepctive, I love this wisdom from Dr. Christiane Northrup:
Growing older means you're moving through space, not running out of time.
Continue to do what you love, and acquire new passions along the way.
KEEP IT MOVING, both mentally and physically, and you're on the right track.
Ida says the key to a long & happy life is "Just being a good kid."
Take 1-1/2 minutes & get inspired by this beautifully produced short film.
Meet bestselling author Meg Donohue 12 noon-2pm on 3/8/15, signing copies of her brand new book "Dog Crazy" (Harper Colliins). It doesn't hit stores until March 10th, but YOU can buy it early at KOIT PETS "Pennies For Pets" event,
with 100% of the purchase price ($14.99) going to Pets In Need Animal Shelter!
What: KOIT PETS "Pennies For Pets" event with Jack & Charly! Where: Hillsdale Mall (Macy's Center Court) in San Mateo, CA map When: Sunday, March 8, 2015 11am - 6pm Why: To benefit Pets In Need - NorCal's first no-kill shelter in Redwood City What's In It For Me: Besides feeling good about helping animals? And getting your awesome book signed by Meg 12n-2pm, before it even hits the stores? Meet "DQ" (Daniel Quagliozzi) Go, Cat, Go! Behavior Consulting appearing 2-4pm Ask him why your cat doesn't understand you, and how you can change! PLUS, enter to win a trip to Florida (hotel & airfare) courtesy VISITFLORIDA.com
Jack & I are so excited to get the chance to meet you! Come by and say hi!
Top/Left photos: courtesy Harper Collins Right photo: courtesy Meg Donohue/Charly Kayle Follow me on Facebook at Charly Kayle & Twitter @charlykayle & YouTube
Say hi to "DQ" (Daniel Quagliozzi) of Go, Cat, Go! Behavior Consulting, and
ask him why your cat doesn't understand you, and how you can change.
He's appearing in person 2-4pm at our really fun pet event!
What: KOIT PETS "Pennies For Pets" with Jack & Charly! Where: Hillsdale Mall (Macy's Center Court) in San Mateo, CA map When: Sunday, March 8, 2015 11am - 6pm Why: To benefit Pets In Need - NorCal's first no-kill shelter in Redwood City What's In It For Me: Besides feeling good about helping animals? And getting to ask cat questions?
Meet bestselling author Meg Donohue 12n-2pm. Buy a copy of her new book "Dog Crazy" (Harper Colliins), and 100% of purchase price goes to Pets In Need! PLUS, enter to win a trip to Florida (incl airfare & hotel) courtesy VISITFLORIDA.com
Jack & I are so excited to get the chance to meet you! Come by and say hi!
This chocolate bar was supposed to be in my mom's luggage. Somehow, it didn't make it there, and I found it today on the floor, ravaged by two dogs.
Yes chcolate is TOXIC to dogs. The darker it is, the worse it is.
Apparently, it didn't bother my 100-lb German Shepherd a bit. Unfortunately, those little bites missing in the piece above caused Brooklyn & me to spend the whole afternoon at the vet. And a whole lot of money that I don't have.
Poor Brooklyn was pretty scared. I don't believe he thought the chocolate was worth all this trouble. I could have told him that.
If you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate, watch for vomiting, diarrhea,
hyper activity, heavy panting or rapid heartrate. Then get to a vet.
Brooklyn enjoyed an afternoon of induced vomiting, and charcoal to absorb
any toxins still in his body. Mommy enjoyed a vet bill she really couldn't afford, but also couldn't afford NOT to.
Now I'm on "choco-dog watch" all night to monitor his heartrate, activity level and demeanor. If he isn't himself, off to the 24-hour emergency vet we go.
Good night, sleep tight, I'll be up with Brooklyn.
Do you have a hard time saying goodbye? It goes much quicker when there's an embarrassing diversion to make your loved one scurry off in 2 seconds flat!
Case in point: I brought my mom to the airport today after a lengthy visit, and as always, my German Shepherd came to see her off. Sasha adores my mom, so is very upset from the time she sees her start packing, until we have to go.
When mom got out of the car inside the airport terminal, Sasha started crying and howling at the top of her lungs. Any sound in there bounces off the walls and reverberates! So of course it's embarrassing when everyone (including SFO police) whirl around & look at us to see what in the heck is going on!
You'll never have a long goodbye with a 100-lb dog crying in an echo chamber!
One last note: Tell your parents how much you love them. Right now!
We never really appreciate our family until we get older, and they are amazing. Especially our moms!