Pet Professions are the Best!

September 30th, 2015


pennyHello & Happy Harvesting to all of my Wine Doggie Friends! Today, we have a guest blogger,  Maple C., who has some great ways to incorporate your furry friends into your daily work  routine.  Enjoy her tips below .. and stay tuned .. for my weekend at Bungs Big Birthday Bash! ~Penny the Pill

How to Turn Your Love of Animals into a Dream Career

There are plenty of ways to earn a living by working with animals that don’t require the  several years of schooling becoming a vet potentially would. Here are a few ways to do so:

Become a pet adoption counselor. If you’re a sucker for a happy ending, this could be  a great option for you, as this job entails matching homeless pets with their perfect  parents. Many animals that wind up in shelters or humane societies have been through  some tough times, which is why it’s so important that they end up with loving people who  will give them the secure home they deserve. This is a career where you’re helping make the dreams of animals and humans come true.

Train to be a pet masseuse. Yes, animals enjoy a massage just as much as humans.  And similarly, those massages are therapeutic. Pet masseuses commonly work with aging animals and those who are experiencing pain. It’s rewarding work that will allow you to help an ailing animal get back on (all four!) of their feet.

Try pet sitting. Even if you aren’t looking for a brand new full-time job, pet sitting in your free time may give you the four-legged fix you’ve been searching for. However, plenty of people do make a career out of pet sitting. This job requires you to do all the things for a client’s pet that you’d do for your own, including feeding, walking, and of course, playing! This is another way to bring happiness to both pet and parent, as you will be providing peace of mind for humans and lots of tail-wagging and head-nuzzling for dogs and cats.

Consider being a humane educator. Unfortunately, some people don’t view animals as the wonderful, loving creatures they are, and therefore don’t treat them with the respect they deserve. That’s why humane educators work globally with both children and adults to teach people to treat animals with compassion, including pets and animals encountered outside. These teachers leave a lasting impression on their students, and help shape how societies treat creatures both great and small.

I’m a firm believer that everyone should love what they do. Generally speaking, most of our waking hours five days out of the week are spent at work – that’s too much time to be doing something that doesn’t bring you some sort of joy or satisfaction! If any of these ideas have sparked your interest, open yourself up to the idea of a change. It may just be what you’ve been looking for all along!

Maple C. is currently working her dream job as a motivational coach. She recently launched her blog where she writes about the importance of pursuing your passions, following your dreams – and letting inspiration in.


September 3rd, 2015

IMG_1376 It’s been awhile since I’ve heard from my pal Bung..but my owner just told me that Bung is getting ready for a big Birthday Bash … and guess what?!?!?! … I FINALLY get to meet him.  I can hardly wait!!! Here’s a little bit of what Bung has been up to lately … See you at the BIG BIRTHDAY PARTY!! ~Penny the Pill

Hi to all my friends from Bung the Wonder Dog. Boy, I am one happy dog this month. Grape harvest has begun. I love this time of the year with so many new and old winemaker and wine grower friends stopping by every day. There are so many tractors and bins and ripe grapes to smell- I am in doggie Heaven!

But the best thing about harvest is the arrival of my new best little friend and playmate: Wilson!! His owner is our winemaker assistant for crush, and WILSON comes with her every day. He is so cute and such a fun puppy (only18 weeks old) that he makes me feel so young. We chase and play and explore together- and then crash and take naps together. I am teaching him a lot of new tricks and he is teaching me patience!

My BIRTHDAY is coming up and we are celebrating at Bonair Winery on September 19. All day is yappy hour and donations are accepted for our true friends who are helped by the Humane Society. And guess who is coming to see me: PENNY THE PILL. I read her blog (with the help of my human owners) and she looks pretty cute- can’t wait to meet her.  I will keep you posted! ~Bung the Wonder Dog



Penny The Pill’s August Adventures

August 21st, 2015


Hello to all of my human & furry friends!  Well, this summer is almost over – but that doesn’t mean the sunshine is going anywhere! My owner has taken me to some really FUN places around the Yakima Valley… One of my favorite adventures this summer was a trip to Elk Ridge Campground just 35 minutes outside of Yakima.  My owner promised me that there would be friends for me to play with and she was right!  I was greeted by lots of smiles & licks .. I even hung out with my friend Scrappy and the official Elk Ridge Camp Dog Chloe! The campsite has lots of room to run, relax and I’m still dreaming about my swim time in the water.  My owner loved all of the cabins because each one had such character & personality! The campsite has some of the best tent & RV spots too, and for those who prefer nice bathrooms & showers (like my owner) – this is the place you’ll want to camp! Elk Ridge is also open all year round with plenty of activities to enjoy – hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, festivals, hunting and snowmobiling.. just to name a few!! The owners Julie & Tim made me feel right at home and my owner said she can’t wait to come back.  This is certainly one spot you’ll have to check out while visiting the Yakima Valley.  ~Penny the Pill


Bungs Summer Fun!

July 23rd, 2015


Bung enjoying a break with some of Bonair Winery's visitors.

Bung enjoying a break with some of Bonair Winery’s visitors.

My buddy Bung loves his social time with those who come and visit him at Bonair Winery!  He is so great about staying in touch with me and all of the other Wine Doggies in Yakima Valley.  Check out his latest news (below) for this summer…until next time… ~Penny the Pill

Wow, this is by far my favorite time of the year. Lots of humans are coming to Bonair Winery and many like to sit in the shade by the duck pond, eat a snack, and drink some great Bonair wine. That’s where I come in!If there is an empty chair, I find it my duty to sit on it and entertain the people. I am really very polite and I do not beg, but often little tidbits of food find their way to my smiling mouth. This makes everybody happy. Bonair Winery loves to have doggies visit with their well behaved owners. There is a lot of grass to play on, and dogs that like the water are always happy with the pond. When the weather is over 90’ doggies are welcome in our tasting room on a leash. And I really really like meeting every kind of dog and becoming their friend.

Your special friend,


Summer Safety Tips for “Pills” like me!

July 9th, 2015

I’m ready for some Summertime Fun!













Greetings from Penny the Pill on this beautiful sunny day!  Today Wine Doggies has  guest Blogger Vee with some helpful summer safety tips for dogs & their owners.  I know my owner can use all the help she can get – why do you think my nickname is Penny The Pill?  Summertime is so tempting for us doggies..sometimes when we start smelling new foods and drinks – that might actually smell really good but end up hurting us, that’s why it’s important for our owners to be aware of what to do next.  Below, Vee lists harmful substances we like to get into during the summer months. She knows us so well – she even has an action plan of what to do when this happens.

Non-Toxic Foods: Most dogs love “people” food and between barbecues, pool parties, and other summer gatherings, there are usually plenty of opportunities for them to scarf down their fair share. But if you don’t keep an eye on what your dog is eating, they could become quite sick, even if the foods they’ve ingested aren’t toxic to animals. provides a list of non-toxic “people” foods and why you should keep them away from your pets. For example, as the article notes, corn cobs are difficult for dogs to digest and can be a “choking hazard.” As the article notes, the best course of action is to keep a close eye on your pet during summer get-togethers to make sure they don’t get a hold of these harmful foods. If your dog does eat something he shouldn’t, give your vet a call to find out the best course of action.

Toxic Foods: It’s widely known that consuming chocolate can be life threatening for a dog, but did you know there are many other foods that are toxic for them? explains that grapes, raisins, caffeine, onions, garlic, and more are all very harmful to dogs. If you have a get-together, remind guests that your pet can’t eat certain foods. The toxicity of these foods is high for dogs so if they do consume them it’s best to let your vet know immediately.

Pool chemicals: If you’re like many dog owners, your pet is just another member of the family. And that means when you spend the day by the pool, Fido is right there with you. That’s actually a really good thing, as swimming is excellent exercise for us humans and our pets, but the chemicals used to clean the pool are extremely dangerous. This guide on pool chemicals describes a few mishaps that can occur with these chemicals. Every pet owner should also know just how dangerous they can be if ingested by a pet. If you suspect your pet has swallowed a pool chemical, get them to the vet immediately and be sure to bring the chemical’s bag or container. Doing so will make it easier for your vet to quickly plan the best course of treatment.

Yard chemicals: These chemicals offer an added challenge. You may think you’re protecting your pet from eating them by properly storing them away, but as notes, in its article on summer safety tips for dogs, you’ll have to do a bit more. The article explains that your dog can easily ingest those chemicals simply by walking on your lawn and then licking their paws. To avoid a sick pet, try treating your lawn with non-toxic substances this year.

Summer should be a fun time for everyone, including our four-legged friends. But it’s up to us to make sure they can fully enjoy it by keeping them away from harmful foods and substances.

Thanks for these great tips Vee – we sure appreciate it.  Aside from watching out for her furry friends, Vee is also known as a wellness coach, personal trainer, and boot-camp instructor. She is also passionate about studying wellness and enjoys sharing her findings on her recently-launched blog. She lives with her family in Kentucky.

Summertime Nap!

Summertime Nap!

Penny’s Post: Spring Barrel and New Wine Dogs!

April 23rd, 2015

penny.4.26.15PostWith Spring Barrel just around the corner, I thought you might want to hear from more of our “newer” Wine Doggies! They have such great stories – I could just play with their toys… I mean, listen to their stories all day long! Today you’ll get to hear from Benji & Sid.  Both dogs were rescued by their owners.  We are so lucky to have owners who love us unconditionally and give us the best homes. My owner surprised me this weekend with a bright red football! I love all the different sounds it makes when I bite on it – but my owner tells me this is an outside toy, and so sometimes I have to share it with my big sister Destiny!  Enjoy the stories and have fun during Spring Barrel Weekend - I’ll be staying home with my new squeaky football.  Toodles ~ Penny the Pill



Benji (left) & Gracie (right) waiting to greet their visitors at Barrel Springs Winery

Benji (left) & Gracie (right)  waiting to greet their visitors at Barrel Springs Winery

My name is Benji. Someone dumped me off last summer at Barrel Springs Winery. I loved hanging around Jim and Annette’s house and vineyard but I noticed they already had a winery dog and they weren’t too sure they wanted to take on another. I knew my big personality could win them over if I just had a little time! Unfortunately some big dog came into the front yard one morning and decided to eat me! Annette scooped me up, took me to the Vet and told Jim that it only cost $700 to fix me up, so they guessed they better keep me. I’ve been a happy camper ever since and I am even starting to grow on Gracie too.

Spring Barrel tasting is coming up next weekend and I’m already getting excited to see everyone. Gracie lets me take the lead on this. Jim will be tasting his 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon out of the barrel and they also have some artisan cheeses paired with their wines for tasting all weekend. I’m always on the lookout for a morsel or two to drop! They have some great discounts on 1/2 and full cases of wine for this event also. Gracie and I will be available for any photo opts and we can’t wait to share our owners enthusiasm and love for wine making. See you April 26-28 10am-5:00pm.  ~Benji & Gracie


Marshal taking a break with one of his owners, Paul while they tend to the vineyards together.

Hi, my name is Marshal and I joined the Paradisos pack last week. My home was meant to be, as my new owners were down to one dog, Digley, who apparently thinks he can keep the coyotes out of the yard single-handedly.  Needless to say, he needed back up and like my owner said, “One dog isn’t enough for the best mental health.”

My new owners found me at the Yakima Humane Society. Being friendly is one of the requirements of a good Wine Dog. Luckily for me, I fit the bill – I love people and I’m gentle and I love it when families come to visit me! I’m still learning my job, but my owner says I’m good at greeting visitors and escorting them along. I absolutely love getting tummy rubs and pets .. and of course, I also love treats!!! I’m not allowed in the tasting room though, my owners like to keep the food samples safe and the room allergen free to visitors – so make sure and say hello to me on your way inside! Since I’m the new Wine Dog in town, I would love to make some new friends with other dogs. If you bring your dog, please keep them leashed because we have free range poultry. I can show you where there is shady tie out spots along with leash free options and walks.  Speaking of walks, I can hardly wait for the Canine & Wine Walk, I’m hope to see you there! ~Marshal


Penny the Pill Post: Spring Barrel Weekends!

April 17th, 2015

SpringBarrel1Today marks the official kick off to Spring Barrel Weekends and my owner is so excited to try out new releases, drink wine from the barrel and meet new friends along the way.  Because it’s such a busy weekend, she tasked me with staying home and researching the wineries, their hours and anything extra fun happening at their facility.  Since there are 100 wineries in the Yakima Valley, I requested some help from my fellow Wine Doggies.  They were willing to share some of their stories too!

But first, let me tell you some of my own findings.  Most wineries are open at 11AM, but Windy Point Vineyards is open at 10:00AM and the views are just spectacular! Agate Field Vineyard will have pulled pork sandwiches available – I hope my owner brings me some leftovers. For details specific to this weekend, you’ll want to visit our Yakima Valley Tourism website.  Make sure to check it quite often because you don’t want to miss out on any of the festivities!! Well, now that you have some ideas for Spring Barrel Weekends, this little Pill is going to relax by the fire while my owner sips on her Merlot.  In the meantime, check out the latest from my buddy Bung at Bonair Winery and Vineyards.



Happy Tourist Season from your friend BUNG THE WONDER DOG. Winemaker Bill and I are hanging out together in the barrel cave. We’re getting ready for Spring Barrel Tasting at the wineries in my neighborhood, the Rattlesnake Hills near Zillah. Bill and I like to work on those red wines and we’ve got a woofing good wine, a Petit Verdot, for you all to barrel taste.

Come on out and spend time with us anytime on April 24th-26th to join in the festivities. Miz. Dee from Yakima is serving her finger licking ribs and chicken!  She is my best friend on those days- she knows how to make a doggie happy with those little tidbits! (Sorry Penny – I’m not even going to promise any leftovers) She is a lot smarter than I am and knows I can only have a little bit, as my doggie nose and mouth just run wild with those flavors!!

Please join us all here at Bonair Winery for some wonderful wines and great wine deals.  I will happily pose with you for a picture or two!  We are open every single day from 10-5 and

The Wonder Dog


Springtime in Downtown Yakima!

April 2nd, 2015

It was too nice outside to stay in last weekend, so my owner took me for a stroll around Downtown Yakima. She mentioned something about if I was good and kept my alter ego “Penny the Pill” to a minimum, there would be a reward at the end of the day.  We had a such a wonderful time at the Yakima Maker Space Spring Bazaar Fundraiser event – so many new people to check out, my owner loved looking at all of the arts & crafts, handbags and jewelry for sale. The Yakima Maker Space is a great place for projects of all sorts.

I (on the other hand) had my own agenda and pulled my owner toward a booth that I could smell from the moment we entered the room.  My new friend Jack Wright was selling homemade cookies, just for me!!! Well, he calls them the “Wright Bite” and the money being raised will go toward a school trip to Australia. My owner kept her word, I hadn’t been too much of a pill, so we left the Bazaar with a bag of Snickerpoodle cookies in hand.

On our way back to the car, I was greeted by some new furry friends (also on a walk) and one of their owners even noticed my brand new pink leash. The people here sure are nice and love dogs! I heard them tell my owner they were headed to the Greenway for a nice walk along the water.  I’ll have to check that place out, but for now – I’m happy with my treat from the Yakima Maker Space Spring Bazaar, being “good” has its rewards!

Until Next Time,

Penny the Pill

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Meet Penny The Pill

March 19th, 2015
My big sister Destiny

Hanging out with my big sister Destiny


Hello fellow furry friends!

My name is Penny, but my owner likes to call me “Penny the Pill” – maybe because I’m still in my puppy phase and love getting into stuff, other than my toys.  I live in Wine Country with my big sister Destiny.  She is great company, but I’m very excited to meet all of the working wine dogs too! I’m sure they are all pretty busy with helping their owners prepare for Spring Barrel (April 24-26) – I know my owner is STILL trying to plan out her own schedule that weekend..she is counting down the days to visiting these great wineries and with so many pet friendly attractions, I’m lucky enough to join I must run – finding the perfect outfit for Spring Barrel is on my “To Do” List.

Greetings from Severino Cellars!

March 5th, 2015



Severino Cellars Dog Blog 1Winter has come to past and it is now my FAVORITE season. Can you guess what season I am referring to? Need a hint? It begins with an “s” and it is not Spring or Summer. It is Sage Rat Season!! If you stop by Severino Cellars tasting room or vineyard I won’t be hard to find. Look for the flying dirt and I am sure to be under it. Those little critters are abundant this time of year and it is my job to hunt them out. It is a seek and destroy mission that I am more than happy to accept. As you can see by the pictures I take my job very seriously, it is exhausting work and an occasional nap is often called for. I could be on an episode of “Dirty Jobs” as this is extremely dirty. The down side to Sage Rat Season is that my owner insists on frequent baths, which I dislike immensely!

The first of March marks regular hours at Severino Cellars. Back to 7 days a week. Tasting Room hours are Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday noon – 6:00 p.m. And we are located at1717 1st Avenue in Zillah. Stop by to sample the wines, say hello (don’t forget to scratch my belly) and watch me hard at work getting those vermin! There goes one now…..gotta go!  Brodie