First of all the dog’s name caught my attention and second, I wish there had been a canine mathematician to help me understand calculus while in college. I might have paid attention, instead of zoning out, eyes glazed over.
Hope College Professor, Dr. Tim Pennings found it more than coincidental that his Corgi, Elvis was taking a certain path to retrieving a ball from the water. He recorded how far Elvis would run along the shore before deciding to swim for the ball and he concluded that Elvis had the innate ability to find the optimal path to fetching the ball, every time.
For those who are reading this and rolling their eyes, a couple of years ago, a team of French mathematicians tried to prove Elvis wasn’t really thinking things through as he chased after his ball. It turned out they were wrong, and so Hope College, where Dr. Penning teaches, awarded Elvis an honorary degree.
Maybe what we need now is a dog to solve the financial crisis…
Don’t you think Chi WOW WOW should be on the red carpet for this movie premier? I would say that if we don’t receive an invite, then the Disney creators of this movie are clearly out of touch. We live in Los Angeles…less than 5 miles from Disney studios…no doubt, someone during the making of the movie googled the word chihuahua and came across Chi WOW WOW?
What? you ask, is so special about a hotdog from Colombia?
No….it’s not laced with contraband, although I will say that if you like junk food, one bite could lead to a serious addiction.
Some may cringe, others are already salivating but here is the combination. Take a Hebrew National hot dog and tuck ham and mozzarella cheese into a bun with raw onion, spackle with crushed pineapple, sprinkle with crushed potato chips and finish with a three-squeeze-bottle lattice of catsup, mustard and mayonnaise. The sweet flavor of the pineapple and the salty potato chips made it, plus the texture of the crunch added an extra dimension. Top it off with some Colombian cheesy puffs and a malta soda and you have met your cholesterol quota for the month.
If you are adventurous and need a fix, you can get one of these masterpieces at Tutti Frutti in Pasadena, CA.
NEXT BEST HOTDOGS…
# 2 The “Garment District” Dog
Wrapped in bacon and grilled on a cookie sheet with onions and jalapenos, this dog is tasty and cheap and sold at street stands in the Garment District in downtown L.A. where I spend most of my working days.
# 3 Chili, Cheese & Onion Hotdog
Pink’s Hotdogs Open 24 hours and always a long line.
# 4 Dodger Dogs
# 5 Tail O’ the Pup
L.A. kitschy icon that has been moved around quite a bit. It currently is being moved again to Westwood from what I have read. This goes on my list because we need to preserve these historic icons or else the world will become a very boring place. The hotdogs are good too!
Chihuahuas eveywhere I look…the movies, Milkbone boxes and the Los Angeles Times. Eli, chihuahua belonging to Karen Biehl of NYC won the Milkbone small biscuit contest and will be on the front of the box for the next year. ELVIS entered that contest too but didn’t really have the Milkbone look. Little did they know that he is missing half his teeth and has trouble eating the biscuits…we had to submit a picture with his mouth closed! A couple of weeks ago the L.A. Times published this article, “Chihuahuas reign as Los Angeles County’s most popular dog breed”. “L.A.’s Top Dogs,” a new database compiled by the Los Angeles Times and launched this week on its website provides facts and figures on more than half a million registered dogs in Los Angeles County.
The flip side of all this attention is the sad fact that the popularity leads to large numbers of the breed in rescues and shelters, needing homes. Top this with the Disney film, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” coming out October 3, and we are looking at a chihuahua population explosion.
“We get an awful lot of Chihuahuas,” said Ed Boks, general manager of the city’s Department of Animal Services. “The big concern is that Disney is coming out with a movie called ‘Beverly Hills Chihuahua’ . . . . It will just encourage the breeding of Chihuahuas when we’ve already got too many out there.”
What I do see that is very positive, is that people tend to own multiple chis because of their size and many are from rescues like my ELVIS and Izzy. I can only ask this of anyone wanting a chihuahua, to check out their local shelters and rescues first before buying a chihuahua from a breeder or store. You just might be surprised at what you fall in love with. After all, I now have a full fledged, internationally known brand because of my 5 lb. rescued chihuahua and celebri-dog, ELVIS!
Here’s a brilliant picture taken and sent in by our good friend Kathleen of her dog Pilot, a female “mixed breed” rescue. Pilot is wearing our IZZY GALORE “Peace” Collar in distressed white leather and we think she looks beautiful. She’s also looking a little hungry…
Claude Monet’s, “Water Lily Pond” sold for over $80 million dollars at a Christie’s auction today. I had the opportunity to see one of the water lily paintings from the collection, painted in 1919, at the Tate Modern in London. In particular, the water lily paintings have a luminosity to them that is almost hypnotizing and very peaceful. Your blood pressure can drop just sitting in a room with one.
Why not have your dog wear a backpack to carry his own things, change, poop bags and credit card if he has one. These little backpacks come in four styles shown below. Converts to a little change purse with strap and has a squeaker inside to get your dogs attention at the dog park.
Chi WOW WOW Girls Rock, Peace Sign, Happy Face, Captain America’s Shield
Purchase these cute little backpacks at Funny Fur!
Why? you ask does Chi WOW WOW have such a fascination with MARVEL?
It all started with Captain America. Read our very first post, “Captain America to the Rescue”.
Let’s see if MARVEL can score with this movie after the success of IRON MAN. I like Edward Norton (aka. Bruce Banner). In fact he doesn’t know it yet but we’re in love and soon to be married. The movie also stars Liv Taylor, Tim Roth and William Hurt and is directed by Louis Leterrier (Transporter). I’ll be P.O.’d if it ends up being a total yawner/animationfest….
I am on the hunt for a new place to live which reminds me how much I love the “post and beam” construction of mid-century modern architecture. Los Angeles is the perfect place to live with any chance of getting your hands on one of these minimalistic works from a modern master such as Neutra, Schindler, Koenig, Eichler to name a few. What makes these structures so beautiful is the seamless transition from inside to outside, creating harmony with the landscape.
Richard Neutra (1892 – 1970)
Palm Springs, CA
Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1892, moved to the United States by 1923. He worked briefly for Frank Lloyd Wright before accepting an invitation from his close friend and university companion Rudolf Schindler to work and live communally in Schindler’s Kings Road House in California.
Joseph Eichler (1900 – 1974)
Pierre Koenig (1925 – 2004)
Hollywood Hills, CA
Photograph by Julius Shulman
The Mongolian hot pot tradition originated from northern nomadic tribes. The Mongolian version of the steaming feast has been called the father of all Chinese hot pot and boasts a history of more than 1000 years.
The secret to making the broth varies from region to region and among families and there are all kinds of funky things that get thrown into the broth (e.g. dried prunes, cumin, cinnamon, garlic, chili peppers). The smell is fantastic though and it didn’t take me long to get hooked on it. I find it to be healthy comfort food and the best part is most of the places that serve it are open very late. My favorite place in L.A. to go is Little Fat Sheep – read what people have to say about it.
“What? You’ve never seen a chihuahua in a bookcase?”
In Los Angeles, there are only a few thunder storms a year and living in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, you can practically be in the storm itself. Now there are 3 things ELVIS is terrified of, windshield wipers, the kitchen and thunder storms. Oddly enough, when he is freaked about a storm, he goes in the kitchen? So, during the storm and thunder and hail, there was this huge crack! and we all let out a little screech. Izzy just took off somewhere and I looked in the back to see if the greenhouse (studio) was still there…it was. Then I looked for ELVIS. And I looked in all the usual places, the kitchen of course, the bathroom corner and the pet crate in the bedroom. No ELVIS… Then I get a little panicky because I know he just tries to get away from the problem and I thought maybe he got outside and was heading for the plains. Lo and behold, I found him in the bookcase and he sort of blended in. I tucked him in his Woody Wood Pecker blanket and as quickly as the storm came, it was gone.
My close friend Margaret, lost her long time companion, Pavlov, to cancer this past week. All who knew Margaret and Pavi knew that their relationship was unique and that Pavi was not like any other dog. Margaret once told me that his stare reminded her of Feather’s McGraw from Wallace and Gromit and I had a hard time looking at him without thinking of the mute, malevolent-looking penguin and hearing cheesy organ music in my head (Feather’s music of choice). Some memories of Pavi, though maybe not funny at the time, make me smile now when I think of them…his obvious dissapointment at receiving a silver bone studded collar instead of a toy or a piece of steak or the episode at Peet’s Coffee with the “seeing eye” dog. Last but not least, the time Margaret bought a muzzle for him, so he could socialize with Elvis…what were we thinking? I’ll miss Pavi but I’m confident he’s in poodle heaven happily chasing squirrels and eating an endless supply of gourmet left-overs.
Marvel Comics IRON MAN opens this weekend and I am looking forward to seeing it at one of the best theaters for sight and sound in Hollywood, The Arclight. I wasn’t an IRON MAN fan as a kid so I am curious about the story and interested to see Robert Downey Jr. play the billionaire, Tony Stark. Here’s the jist of this SuperHero story.
Anthony “Tony” Stark at the age of 15 enters the electrical engineering program at MIT. At the age of 21 he inherits Stark Enterprises when his parents are killed in a car accident (ok…so what else is new, right?) Later in life while visiting one of his plants, Tony is injured by exploding shrapnel and captured by warlord Wong Chu. Chu forces Tony and another captive, famed physicist Ho Yinsen, to create weapons for him. All the while the lethal bit of shrapnel is slowly working towards Tony’s heart. Tony and Yinsen creat an iron suit that keeps Tony alive and allows them to escape. During the escape Yinsen is killed, sacrificing himself to allow Tony time to change for the first time into IRON MAN.
The movie also stars Gwenyth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terrance Howard. Later this year (June 13 release) look for THE INCREDIBLE HULK, starring Edward Norton.
The search for the fastest chihuahua in America is on……and it isn’t Izzy.
We had a great time at the Los Angeles PETCO Unleashed 4th Annual National Chihuahua Races held in Montebello, CA but it was unusually hot, over 90 degrees and the chihuahuas were kind of lethargic. I’ve never seen so many chihuahuas in one place, they were really cute!
TEAM Chi WOW WOW play-by-play
Izzy exited the starting box, dazed and confused as she was cut off by the chihuahua in lane # 8 (see race start above). At that point, the race was all over for her. She did look good in her Marvel Comics “Incredible Hulk” Tank Dress though. In ELVIS’ heat, he sauntered out of the box and immediately caused a “butt-sniffing” traffic jam, having no interest in going from one end of the track to the other. He was disqualified and had to be carried off the track.
Post race let down. Neither athelete would look at the camera as they were too embarrassed to have their photo taken.
The National Finals will be held at PETCO Park in San Diego on August 31, 2008. For more information go to PETCO.com
“Juanita Bermúdez, director of the Códice Gallery, insisted [the dog] escaped after just one day. She said: ‘It was untied all the time except for the three hours the exhibition lasted and it was fed regularly with dog food [Vargas] himself brought in.”
So many people have sent me the disturbing email containing the petition against Costa Rican artist, Guillermo Vargas. It indeed is very disturbing and incomprehensible, BUT so horrifying it occured to me that maybe it wasn’t true? Let’s face it, how is it possible that with all the people that must have seen the exhibit, not one person went ballistic? Everyone I know who would have happened upon that, would have simply untied the rope and walked out with the dog in plain sight, no? So, I started looking into it and lo and behold, it appears that it was a publicity stunt.
We live in a time where the internet has become a popular vehicle for all types of self promotion and a platform for an idividual’s political voice. I am trying to determine whether this is a sick publicity stunt or a deeper message regarding humanity. Right about now, it would be decent if the artist would come clean with the real story and his intent. Rest assured, that if the story was true, PETA (click and read their blog on the topic) wouldn’t be sitting around waiting for another cruel act for art’s sake. When something seems out of whack, I usually pull up one of my favorite sites, Urban Legends to get the real scoop. I hope this blog sheds a consoling light on the state of the matter. I know many of you have been having nightmares about it, as I have.
We released our first dress collection today for Chi WOW WOW! ELVIS and I have been bribed, pleaded with and coerced to come out with dresses. And to please the masses, we even put some “BLING” on it for good measure! So we present our TATTOO STUDIO COLLECTION including the TATTOO STUDIO TOKYO “Hello Kitty” Skull (seen modeled above by Izzy). The collection also includes a TATTOO STUDIO LOS ANGELES version with a “Mickey Mouse” Skull surrounded by flames, plus a few other tattoo designs for the “not-so-prissy” canine. Our collection will be available in boutiques and through some of our Certified Online Retailers.
To see other designs by Chi WOW WOW, including The MARVEL COMICS Collection, visit our Catwalk
1st Century AD Cat Mummy, British Museum, London, England
During the time I lived in London, I spent many hours in the British Museum and more specifically in the Egyptian Mummy exhibit which is the most extensive collection in the world. I was fascinated by the cat mummies. It made me think, why not continue to do this today? I could see memorializing ELVIS and Izzy this way with a beautiful sarcophagus. Up until recently, the memorials and urns for pets were seriously ugly and nothing I would want my pet inside of. I started thinking about the mummy idea again after seeing an article on a glass blower who makes pendants with ashes of the deceased swirled on the inside. He has a lot of requests to do the same for people’s pets. I also really love the hand painted urns made from hollowed out gourds that Hungry Holler does, shown below.
Well I hadn’t until Tammie Denski from Pocketpups sent me a gift of some really cool Geocoins that she designed with her chihuahuas, Zoe and Cassie on them. I love them!!! So now I am curious about Geocaching and thinking about the design of my own Geocoin…
So what exactly is Geocaching? (pronounced geo-cashing)
Well it’s similar to a treasure hunt but instead of using a paper map or instructions, you use a GPS device and follow coordinates to locate the prize or “cache” as it is called. Individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the cache. Once found, it may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache. Most contain logbooks to sign and most are located in areas that are worth seeing for some reason or another. Here’s what Tammie had to say about her experience in this new age game of treasure hunting.
How did you get involved in Geocaching?
Since I love hiking and sight seeing, I was planning a trip to South Carolina and looked on a website for Paris Mountain Park. There I saw information about Geocaching. I bugged my boyfriend for two years before he finally surprised me with a GPS unit and we tried our first cache hunt on the way to the Carolinas. We stopped in Charleston, WV at a geocache named CATO. Zoe and Cassy were in their mega cool doggy backpack so we followed the GPS and ended up descending down a hillside. Steve found the cache and we found him further up the trail where we started. I guess we took the “hard” way to the cache and we had a good laugh about it. He signed the log but did not swap anything at that time.
What has been your most memorable experience to date?
There are SO many memorable cache experiences and gorgeous interesting places we would have never seen if it weren’t for Geocache, it is hard to pick just one. I guess the most memorable was the second cache I found in Charlotte, NC called Tomb Raided.
In the cache was the first Geocoin I found, a travel bug with a mission – gave me a rush for some reason. I was hooked! Since then I have designed my own coins, been featued on Podcacher and Icenrye’s Videozine podcasts and attended Geowoodstock V in Raleigh, NC where I was a vendor selling my glow-in-the-dark cache rock containers. I have recently given coins to co-workers at BASF who geocache. One person took a coin to Hawaii and left it in a cache there, it’s mission was to go to Geotiki’s geocoin studio Oahu. The logs from the artist and metal smith Tiki were great! He designs the most sought after Geocoins in the world. I have many of them and they fetch a pretty penny on ebay. Another co-worker took some of my coins to Shanghai and I have a coin that travels around Australia collecting photos of the outback. This coin was mailed to my coin customer and he placed it there for me. Then the BIG geocoin race between me, my boyfriend and my sister Marie, this is our second race – last year Steve’s geocoin volkswagon beetle won with over 12k miles accumulated in a year. His coin made it to Russia, Germany and Australia.
There are also Geocaches and coins dedicated to dogs and other pets. I have placed a cache in a Northville, MI next to a dog park. It is a cache dedicated to owners who want to swap unused dog toys and it also collects dog related travel bugs. My dogs go with me sometimes but since they are very small chihuahuas, I have to be careful only to bring them to easy low terrain cache hikes, on mild weather days.
What kinds of trinkets have you collected?
You generally do not keep the travel bugs and coins you find in a cache. You read the mission and move it along to the next cache. I have purchased coins and been to Geocaching events where you swap coins and other signature items. I have coins from Geotiki.com the handcrafted coins from Oahu, Crake Productions from Texas, many coins my family gets me for Christmas and award coins from my boyfriend. He has them engraved with the cache I found for the milestones I reach. Kids love to collect the toys left behind in geocaches, most of them are happy meal toys. I have gotten an iPod sock, a chihuahua stuffed toy and other useful items. One of the items I love to collect are Pathtags. They are like a Geocoin, but you can keep most of these you find. They are all the same size and have a hole in them (design is the same as the UK’s trolley coin concept).
Is there anything you want to tell people who are considering taking up this hobby?
You can get into it very inexpensively. Buying used GPS equipment is always an option. Paperless caching if you get into the sport is the easiest way to take your missions with you on the road. Paperless caching uses smartphones or PDA devices to manage database queries of caches in your target area. Stick to clean trails for the most part – most cache hiders will stick to a clean trail until about 10-30′ from the actual cache. Be safe out there! Know and practice basic hiking safety. Always take water, a small first aid kit for your hiking pack and keep a larger kit in the car. Caching in pairs or groups is always best for staying safe. If you don’t find the cache the first time, report your DNF. This helps the cache owner monitor for issues with cache hides. Sometimes caches can be stolen or removed without the owner’s knowledge. If you want to hide a cache, see the rules on geocaching.com and get the location approved by local parks or location property managers.
I try to keep my posts light-hearted and fun but I can not ignore what has been going on in Tibet.
The Olympics, a symbol of unity and sportsmanship, was chosen to be hosted by a country who’s government commits crimes against people and ignores human rights. The Chinese government has gone to great lengths to prevent foreign journalists from reporting at protest scenes and has also blocked access in China to the Web site YouTube.com, where several videos of the violence are posted. Steroid use among atheletes seems to elicit more of a shocking response than the I.O.C.’s choice of venues to host the games. Now we are facing issues of boycotts from many countries. Didn’t it occur to anyone in the decision making process that this was a potential danger?
Chinese propaganda blames the Dalai Lama for engineering rioting in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet and surrounding territories.China made its unhappiness clear over U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi meeting the Dalai Lama and her statements on Tibet and warned against any meddling in its “internal affairs” by “any country, organization and person”.Pelosi described the situation in Tibet as a challenge to the “conscience of the world” and asked all freedom loving people to speak out against China’s “oppression”.
While visiting numerous Web sites detailing news on protests in China, I came across the story of Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, the 6 year-old boy, identified by the Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama, and his dissappearance in May 1995. Suspicions that he had been kidnapped were confirmed in May 1996, when the Chinese leadership admitted to holding him and his family in “protective custody”. After repeated attempts to gain access to the boy, no international agencies or human rights organizations, including the U.N., has been allowed to vist Gendhun Choekyi Nyima or his family, and their condition remains uncertain. He would now be 18 years old.
The U.N., E.U., A.S.E.A.N. and other international organizations, as well as individual countries need to put pressure on the Chinese authorities to allow foreign media, as well as international fact-finding missions, into Tibet and adjoining provinces in order to enable objective investigations of what has been happening. Release all those who only peacefully exercised their internationally guaranteed human rights, and guarantee that no one is subjected to torture and unfair trials, and enter into a meaningful dialogue with the representatives of the Tibetan people.
Lastly, The International Olympic Community should reconsider whether China deserves to hold the games in their country based on their treatment of their own people, Tibetans and their intent on controlling the media and what the rest of the world may learn about injustices to peace loving people.
Please click here to sign the AVAAZ.org petition that will try to help move China towards negotiations with Tibet.
Avaaz.org is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means “voice” in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Washington DC, and Geneva.
I became interested in BANKSY after seeing his graffiti in L.A.
At first, it seemed humourous to me but when I saw more of his work,
it began to have a profound effect on me. His graffiti crosses over into
performance art on the sly. You can find more BANKSY videos on
YouTube with some pretty amazing stunts caught on hidden cameras.
“I wanted this to be a community project for people living in the neighborhoods where the shelters are. I wanted everyone to have a personal stake in keeping the animals in our shelters warm and have something to cuddle up in on cold nights.”
I find it difficult to read the news these days with so much doom and gloom, so when I receive a story like this one I feel inspired and motivated to pass it on to as many people as possible.
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sit and have coffee with Eileen Smulson, the founder of Operation Blankets of Love. So what exactly is this organization about? It is simply an act of compassion by one individual determined to make life more comfortable for hundreds of animals waiting to be rescued from shelters. Eileen could not stand to see the sight of shelter dogs especially, laying on cold concrete during the cold and rainy months. She banded together with small local businesses to have people donate blankets and towels for shelters all over the Los Angeles area to use in the kennels. To date, Eileen has personally collected and delivered over 4000 blankets to the shelters and is looking for ways to spread the idea and love beyond L.A. and into other cities.
Chi WOW WOW did a small part in donating dog tees and hoodies for some of the older and sick dogs that need a little more than a blanket to keep warm.
Eileen with the West Valley Shelter Director, Jan Selder and
a sweet little 10 year old chihuahua after presenting the shelter
with Chi WOW WOW clothing.
If you feel that you have the ability to help Eileen with her cause, you can emal her at email@example.com.