So, radio interview with Jennifer Westaway went well, I think.  Not sure how long we talked for, must have been a good half hour or so, although all that needs to be edited down to about 3 minutes before being broadcast.  Still not sure when it’s going on the air, but she’s going to let me know as soon as she knows, so I will link to it when it happens.  You should be able to reach it here though when it does happen:

Fezzik is not looking well.  He’s lost a lot of weight, which really bothered me.  I asked them to ramp up his feeding.  They go “oh, so would you rather we give him two feedings a day instead of one?”

Um… you’ve only been feeding my dog once a day?!  He’s used to twice a day.  How much have you been feeding him?!

One cup of food a day.  That’s all my dog has been getting.

Just for reference, adult Neapolitan Mastiffs should be eating 8-10 cups of food per day.

What kind of fucking morons are these people?  And now they want to charge me extra for extra feeding – isn’t that why I’m already paying more to board him than smaller dogs?!?!!?!?

He was very happy to see me, but he seemed depressed and lethargic, not his normal upbeat self.  And I can’t blame him, poor thing is STARVING.

Also found out from the teenager at the desk (contrary to what I was told when checking him in) that he is NOT being exercised daily, apparently that costs extra too (they told me when I first boarded him that it was included).  He spends his days in a 4′ x 12′ dog run, and his nights in a 4′ x 4′ cage.  At least with me, he had a 30′ trailer to roam in – more than twice the space he has now.  I didn’t want to make a scene, especially with a reporter there, but I’m livid.  Just insanely livid.  For the time being, they’ve promised to feed him more, but tomorrow I’m starting looking for somewhere to move him.  Seriously.  Who feeds a giant breed dog ONE cup of food per day?!  GRAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!

He’s lost a ton of weight and he’s blowing coat and his nose is raw from rubbing it on his kennel door… I could have cried, it makes me so angry to see my dog rapidly decline like this.  He was SO much better off with me, and yet I’m paying $600/month for them to starve him.

So, looking for a new place ASAP.  A place that will let him play and interact with other dogs, take him for walks, and freaking FEED him – they’re out there, I know, I interviewed at one once.

I’m tempted to give out their name and location so that they get credit for being assholes, but I’m afraid of giving away my own locale at this juncture, until I get off the street.  If anyone knows anywhere in Orange County (I don’t care which area, North or South, I’ll travel!) or even as far as Long Beach/Lakewood area, please give me a recommendation.  My dog can not stay at this kennel.



  1. Oh no! That’s absolutely disgusting! You put your dog there, after thinking about it long and hard, and this is how they treat him?? It’s not as if he’s there for free….

    I hope you’ll find him a new place soon, or better yet, that he can come live with you again.

  2. Hi Bri,
    I can’t believe the way they’ve been treating Fezzik! Maybe they should be reported? There must be at least some place where people write reviews of animal boarding services.
    Okay, so now that I’ve gotten spec of ranting outrage out of the way…I know this is going to sound odd, but would you like to work together on publishing a memoir?

    I’m a literary agent in New York. But I used to represent indigent housing clients at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (when I was a law student), and I have wanted to do a memoir-type book with someone on the subject of homelessness. You could totally do this book under a pseudonym to continue to protect your identity.

    You can learn more about our agency at our website (and I’m sure you can figure out the name of our agency from my e-mail address, but I don’t want to put it up for everyone to see on this reply!). E-mail me if you are interested, okay?

    P.S. You are such an inspiring woman!

  3. Hey Eveline,

    Yes, I’m pretty outraged myself. The next few days are going to be spent figuring out some way to pull him and relocate him. I feel terrible that he might have to stay even one or two days longer. I’d bring him back to the trailer until I find something new, but the weather has started getting pretty warm here and even with the solar panel thingies on the windows, it’s starting to get quite toasty in there during the day – don’t want him to overheat. It sucks, I had hoped not to still be homeless heading into summer. Sigh.

    * * * * *

    Hi Viv,

    …Wow. First off, thank you so much for the compliment. If I can do anything to inspire anyone in any way at all, that is huge for me!

    I’m going to be reporting the kennel once I have Fezzik pulled, in a couple of days – I’m afraid if I do anything now it may affect the way they treat him/care for him, even though they haven’t been doing very much of that at all anyway.

    I will e-mail you privately about your offer.

    Thanks! :)

  4. Oh my God, sickening! We have an 85 lb Chocolate Lab and he gets 2 cups of food twice a day…I cannot believe in my heart that the people at that kennel who made the decision to give Fezzik one cup of food are anywhere near being animal lovers.

    I know this may not be a possibility, but I’m going to throw this out there to you and all your readers, maybe we can make this happen…Fezzik is welcome to stay with me, my wife, our chocolate lab, and our cat, however, we’re in Florida….BUT….maybe we could work out a network of travelers to “hop scotch” him here? I know there are services out there that recruit volunteers for dog rescues, so maybe that’s an option?

    I’ll email you directly…

  5. Vicki Day says:

    Honey – I’m so sorry this is happening to you and your lovely dog.

    Keep your chin up – just wanted to drop by and say hello and hope your okay xx

  6. Hi Vicki,

    Thanks for dropping by and for the encouragement, I know it will all be OK eventually. I just keep plugging away at it and such :) It’s great to have the support of regular readers!

    Hey Adam, I’ve e-mailed you privately regarding your (super generous) offer.


  7. Hey, what’s happening with Fezzik is messed up. You should really look for another place. How’s work & r we still up for tonight?

  8. I just heard your interview on CBC national news: it was really good.

    Best of luck to you…

    Erin (in toronto)

  9. Hi Erin,

    Thank you!!! I was really nervous, glad you liked it :)


  10. I’m reading your site, this is year old but 600 a month for him? WOW lol oh well bye

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