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11/29/2012

Pet CPR: Learn how, with vet tech David Watts!  »


This is David Watts, an Antioch, Calif., vet tech, demonstrating how to perform CPR on Caspar, a “resusci-dog” used as a veterinary teaching aide.

Did you know that there are animal-specific CPR techniques? The Contra Costa Times ran a neat little article about Watts, who owns a pet-ambulance company and teaches people how to perform life-saving techniques on their pets, specifically cats and dogs. Could you perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a hamster? Maybe, but you’d have to be awfully careful.

It seems like the techniques don’t differ too much between people and animals, but while my parents made me take a class on adult, child, and infant CPR before offering my services as a babysitter, I’d never heard of pet CPR before my friend Kelly sent me this article. “The thing is,” she said to me, “I’m not sure I’d be able to do it on my own dog, even if I knew how.” Which I think is interesting. I wonder if it’d be less terrifying doing chest compressions  or mouth-to-mouth on a dog than a baby. What do you think? Is the concept of holding your precious pet’s life in your hands more or less intimidating than an infant’s?

You definitely should check out the article for basic instructions and tips on preparing for domestic animal emergencies. Plus, for interested parties in the Bay Area, Watts offers classes on both pet CPR and combination pet CPR/trauma management. They cost $35-$45, and interested parties should call (925) 956-2911 for more information. Presumably they happen around Antioch, where Watts is based.

[Photo by Dan Rosenstrauch for the Contra Costa Times]

11/14/2012

Tonight! Vegan eats and wine at Cerruti Cellars in Oakland!  »


Get fancy tonight at Cerruti Cellars with a JLD [Jack London District] Cash Mob event! Per our tipster, Annie:

Cerruti Cellars is a kid-friendly, dog-friendly Tudal Family winery/tasting room located at 100 Webster Street in Oakland. Cerruti Cellars produces award-winning wines from grapes grown in Napa Valley. All wines are vegan and some wines are biodynamic and/or organic.

 El Taco Bike will be serving dinner. It will have vegan chips and guacamole and $2 vegan veggie tacos.

Jade Chocolates will be selling amazing vegan (and non-vegan) chocolates. 

Cerruti Cellars will be offering exclusive cash mob holiday wine sets at special prices.

Spend $20 on wine and enter to win one of many great raffle prizes from other businesses in the Jack London District.

Hooray! Tacos and wiiiiiiine and supporting local businesses! Get yourself set up for Thanksgiving and winter holiday celebrations in one fell swoop! For more information, get in touch with JLD Cash Mob via Facebook or Twitter.

11/01/2012

Fun in the East Bay: Vegetarian Feast & Pop-Up Market!  »


Kitchener Oakland is hosting an awesome event on Tuesday, and you should go! Here are the details:

There will be hot, fresh, local artisanal food and cocktails for sale, plus FREE beer. There will also be food available for you to take home, and like any Tuesday, you can pick up your CSA boxes and many of our artisan’s delicacies by pre-ordering them through Good Eggs. Come unwind after work, support your local community, enjoy amazing vegetarian and vegan fare, sip an artisanal cocktail and enjoy the music. It’s like happy hour and a farmer’s market are getting together for a play date.

List of Artisans:
Muffin Revolution: A creative selection of sweet and savory muffins
Barbarian Gourmet: Seasonal sweet and savory baked goods
Sunny Side Catering: Vegan gumbo
Picnic Bakery: Vegan coffeecake and peppermint pandas
The Living Apothecary: Fine drinks and cocktails
Santipapas: Local, organic salsa
Javi’s Empanadas: Vegetarian empanadas

You know we love Picnic Bakery and those scrumptious peppermint pandas. But vegan gumbo? FREE BEER? We are SO THERE. Are you?

Be at Kitchener Oakland HQ at 372 24th St. (about five, six blocks from 19th Street BART)  at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, to get buying and eating! Smother your Election Day stress in tasty food and drinks, and then go home and watch the returns. It’ll all go down easier on a full stomach (and a good buzz). See you Tuesday!

[photo via Kitchener Oakland]

09/12/2012

East Bay vegans! Come out to the Berkeley Dish Crawl!  »


East Bay Ethiopian 5EVER. Will this be on the menu? Buy a ticket to find out, we have no idea.

Dishcrawl, the eating event for people who mean Serious Business about their food intake, is doing an all-vegan event in Berkeley next week! They’re keeping the restaurants secret, but tickets are $39, there are eight left, and do you have a better way to spend a weeknight than with a bunch of hungry East Bay vegans? Don’t even act like you’re popular; what you want to do is attend this Dishcrawl and make some friends on your side of the bay!

This Berkeley vegan Dishcrawl starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Contact the organizer, Sarah, with questions, and get ready to get down. Will it be all Ethiopian and Flacos and spicy legumes? Or maybe it’ll be a pizza-and-cinnamon-roll extravaganza! You know we love Berkeley and its many vegan options; the only question is how you will get home after devouring the neighborhood. Is there a special taxi for vegans too full of food to walk? Probably there should be.

[photo by selena hoy via Flickr]

08/30/2012

Bay Area: Bunny adoption event this Saturday!  »


Saturday, also known as the day after tomorrow, you should go check out these cute buns! Info:

A Rabbit Education and Adoption Event!

Saturday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tri-Valley East Bay SPCA,  4651 Gleason Dr. in Dublin.

Join us at our rabbit adoption event with 20+ rabbits and bunnies from six different rescue groups from all over the Bay Area. Rabbit experts will be on hand!

  • Bring your family to pet the rabbits and enjoy interacting with them
  • Learn about rabbits, what they eat, and how to take care of them
  • Get answers to your rabbit questions
  • Bring your spayed/neutered bunny to find him/her a bunny friend (bunny speed dating!)
  • Free nail trims for visiting rabbits
  • Meet and adopt the rabbit of your dreams
  • Check out our great bunny blankets & bunny toys for sale!

Sounds like my kind of party! Hope you can all make it!

04/24/2012

Bay Area vegans! Check out the Corporate Control of the Food System Symposium at UC Berkeley! It’s tonight, from 6:30 to 9* at 60 Evans on the Cal campus, and they’ll have speakers from the Rainforest Action Network, Food First, the Coalition to Fight Factory Farming, Pesticide Action Network North America, Take Back the Tap, the Sustainable Economies Law Center, and the Berkeley Student Food Collective.
Go get educated! As our pal (and event speaker) Katie Cantrell says:

The influence of corporations extends beyond Wall Street to the very food that we eat. It’s time to take action with our bellies! Reclaim your plate by learning where your food comes from and who it supports, and by eating FREE delicious sustainable food!!

Be there! For more information, check out the event on Facebook.
*Yes, 6:30 to 9, the flyer is wrong.

Bay Area vegans! Check out the Corporate Control of the Food System Symposium at UC Berkeley! It’s tonight, from 6:30 to 9* at 60 Evans on the Cal campus, and they’ll have speakers from the Rainforest Action Network, Food First, the Coalition to Fight Factory Farming, Pesticide Action Network North America, Take Back the Tap, the Sustainable Economies Law Center, and the Berkeley Student Food Collective.

Go get educated! As our pal (and event speaker) Katie Cantrell says:

The influence of corporations extends beyond Wall Street to the very food that we eat. It’s time to take action with our bellies! Reclaim your plate by learning where your food comes from and who it supports, and by eating FREE delicious sustainable food!!

Be there! For more information, check out the event on Facebook.

*Yes, 6:30 to 9, the flyer is wrong.

03/06/2012

Today is the first Flip for the Bill Tuesday at Nature’s Express! Every Tuesday in March after 4 p.m., you can flip a coin with the cashier, and if you win, Nature’s Express will pay your bill, up to $10! Once you’ve won, you can take that $10 you saved and buy a couple happy hour drinks. That is what we call “money management.”
Thanks to Molly at Nature’s Express for the heads-up (zing!).

Today is the first Flip for the Bill Tuesday at Nature’s Express! Every Tuesday in March after 4 p.m., you can flip a coin with the cashier, and if you win, Nature’s Express will pay your bill, up to $10! Once you’ve won, you can take that $10 you saved and buy a couple happy hour drinks. That is what we call “money management.”

Thanks to Molly at Nature’s Express for the heads-up (zing!).

03/02/2012

Adopt a bunny at the East Bay SPCA on Saturday!  »


It’s another multiple-organization (woo woo) rabbit adoption event! Meet and greet bunnies from Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Hayward Animal Services, Tri-City Animal Shelter, and Bananas for Bunnies rabbit rescue. As always, you can also bring your fixed rabbit for help with matchmaking and free nail trims, get advice from rabbit experts, and purchase some bun-accessories. Plus, you can feed the rabbits fresh greens! If you haven’t watched a rabbit eat a big old carrot-top, you haven’t lived.

All the fun happens from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the East Bay SPCA Tri-Valley Adoption Center, at 4651 Gleason Dr. in Dublin. Contact them at (925) 479.9670 with any questions, and get ready to have fun with some adorable buns! Like Sidney, a male mini rex mix, who kindly agreed to lend his image to this post.

PS: You can preview the adoptable rabbits at each organization’s site: Harvest Home at PetFinder; Hayward Animal Services at Pet Harbor; Tri-City Animal Shelter at Pet Harbor; and Bananas for Bunnies.

02/07/2012

Help out Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary with lingerie and baked goods this week!  »


We love Harvest Home, vegan baked goods, and fancy underpants. This week, these entities form a triumvirate of awesome, in which purchasing the latter goes to help the former, by which we mean: Buy some underwear and cupcakes for Harvest Home!

First, on Saturday, Feb. 11, Harvest Home is having a fundraising bake sale! Stop by the corner of Grand and MacArthur in Oakland between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for vegan treats (and maybe bunnies? maybe?), and help fund the over $4,000 in vet bills Harvest Home has already incurred in 2012. It’s a rough year for rescues, you guys. If you want to bake for the sale, email them ASAP. Get details on the sale at its Facebook event page.

Second, from Feb. 7 (today!) to 14, Purrfect Pineapples is taking donations for Harvest Home! With every minimum $5US donation, you are entered to win one of three Purrfect Pineapples gift certificates! (Brilliant idea: donate $5 10 times.) You may be familiar with the vegan lingerie company from Megan Rascal’s gift guides. Because she’s based in Toronto, Erika has to do a long-distance donation, and being a wonderful person, she’s making it a weeklong public event that rewards you for participating! Vegans are the nicest people.

Baked goods and pretty underpants: Two great vegan things that are easily fetishized together. Wait, no, try again: Two great vegan things that help home bunnies like Twix up there, doing his infamous slipper impression.

[photo of the eminently adoptable Twix by Harvest Home via Flickr]

12/20/2011

Have you been to Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden in Alameda? Because they’ve got vegan pastries, tea-soaked quinoa, and THE BEST G-D VEGAN PÂTÉ ON EARTH. I wrote it up completely for SF Weekly but I just want to encourage you all to head to the isla bonita for some tasty treats. Plus, heated patio and also, VEGAN PÂTÉ. Get fucked, foie gras, this is where it’s at. 

Have you been to Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden in Alameda? Because they’ve got vegan pastries, tea-soaked quinoa, and THE BEST G-D VEGAN PÂTÉ ON EARTH. I wrote it up completely for SF Weekly but I just want to encourage you all to head to the isla bonita for some tasty treats. Plus, heated patio and also, VEGAN PÂTÉ. Get fucked, foie gras, this is where it’s at. 

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