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Fishin’ and Frolickin’!

Hooray for fantastic Saturday’s! This past one, Josh decided that we should take the kids to do some good ol’ fishing. He bought us our licenses and the kids some fishing poles. How cute are they? Lily’s even came with a princess tackle box. It was hard for them to not want to rip them open right away but knowing we had toddlers, infants and a chew-happy puppy, they were photographed and put up on the shelf for the next day!

We have a few options of lakes and reservoirs around our area but since it would be the first time with the two kids and Capone, we thought we would take it slow 🙂 We ended up going to the Campbell Percolation Ponds that feeds from the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Coincidently, they have Kids Fishing Day periodically throughout the spring and summer so we knew it would be a great first time spot for us.

We packed our things ( and plenty of snacks) and hoped we would catch something! Capone loves to eat fish and we thought, since the bass, trout, etc. were all farmed, what a great way to use our resources! Of course, expecting not to catch anything, we still did our weekly Costco run to get Capone’s meat and fish JUST in case we failed miserably at angling 🙂

When we got there, there was already some fisherman along the shoreline so we hopped out of the car and went to go claim our spot.

It was a GORGEOUS day and even though it was a little windy, it was hard to believe that it was in the middle of February. Gotta love California weather! Even Capone looked like he wanted to take a dip in the water!

 Josh carefully got all of our equipment together and helped us get our poles in order. He is quite the fisherman so he had all kinds of trinkets in his repertoire to “entice” the fish. We settled on some fishy smelling pellets and hoped it would do the trick.

After a few attempts at casting, Lily got the hang of it and had no problem reeling in the line and casting herself. Of course, with me holding onto her sweatshirt while she was doing it because the worrywart in me could just see her flinging herself into the water.

Logan however, was quite content banging his fishing pole on the ground and taking it for a walk 🙂

Capone didnt know what to really make of it, all he did was go back and forth between looking like he was about to jump in, to looking as if he would break out into a sprint and chase after the geese that were on the meadow behind us.

Ready to catch the “big” one

Should I go in the water?

Or should I chase after these geese?

Even though we had more than enough equipment and what Josh describes as “fish crack” , we unfortunately caught no fish 😦 Lily still enjoyed herself immensely and has already asked when we would return to do more fishing. I think next time we’ll leave Logan at home because he kept wanting to run in the other direction with his fishing pole!

After about an hour, Capone started to get antsy too. We also picked that spot because there is a local dog park (YAY). So while the kids had snack time, I took Capone to discover a new doggie park. This park was called the Los Gatos Creek dog park and was on the bigger side. Lots of shade and astro turf lined most of the grounds. There were plenty of benches and even a picnic area that you could campout while your doggie played. However, who would picnic inside a dog park while every doggie comes up and tries to beg for food?

Anyway, it was a welcome treat for him and after being so good and patient while we fished, Capone made up for it with sprinting back and forth with some new friends and thankfully getting the zoomies out 🙂

And guess what? As we were leaving, I spotted a familiar shape of dog coming towards us and it was another Great Dane puppy! We introduced ourself and turns out it is a fellow Meetup member! She had not yet gone to a meetup and we exchanged information so that we could get some puppy playdates in order. Here is a picture of little Odin. He is a 6 month old mantle.. he was so cute!

All in all, it was a fantastic day! Until next time!

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Happy 5 Months Capone!

Look how much we’ve grown!

Month 1

Month 2

Month 3

Month 4

Month 5

How time has flown!!

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Dane’s Aplenty!

I signed up for a Great Dane Meetup group when I first got Capone and went to our first Meetup this weekend with my girlfriend Stacy, who also owns a Dane, Toby. I actually met her from the group when I sent an email to get some puppy playdates back when Capone hadn’t had all of his shots yet and I was looking for good ol’ socialization for him.  Fast forward two months and YAY! We get to go and play now. The meetup was at a location in Fremont called Shinn Pond and offered off-leash fun for everyone. Josh was out of town this weekend (as well as the car) so Stacy, Toby and the rest of her family, came to pick us up to take us there. She owns a minivan, which her 2 year old Dane, Toby has no problem leaning his head out the window while he rests his front paws on the passenger seat. Meanwhile, Capone, who has layed down since day 1 on car rides, did his best to stand like his buddy, Toby. It was an interesting carride!! Between Capone howling at Toby to “play” in the car, to Toby wanting to stick his head out the window (mind you, I was in his seat), and Capone trying to squeeze in both Stacy and my lap, we were all happy that it was only a 30 minute drive!

Once we got there, it was a short walk to where all the Danes were playing. According to the map, we were supposed to enter on the right hand side of the pond but we took the left and got a bit lost. It was okay because we got to see more of the pond and other great spots that we wouldnt have seen had we gone the way were were supposed to go 😛

In the distance we saw the group!!

There were a ton of blue, some black and mantles, one fawn, and one harlequin.  It was so nice seeing Danes of different ages, colors, build, temperaments, and personalities! There was even a little blue Dane that was 3 weeks older than Capone! Capone’s reaction was priceless! Its as if he knew he was a part of the “club”. He truly acted like a puppy, on his back and wanting all the attention of the older Danes. He would happily bounce back and forth between all the other Danes and try to play with everyone. Of course, him and Toby (his BFF) always ended up wrestling on the ground as usual 🙂 Those boys never get tired of tackling one another in a brotherly way.

Here are a few pics from the afternoon 🙂

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Thanks to Stacy and Teri for some of the wonderful pictures! Teri and Eric are the organizers of the meetup group and also asked Stacy and I to organize some meetups for the South Bay. So I’m on a hunt to find some fantastic non-city spots that the doggies can run and play off-leash. Perhaps a beach down in Santa Cruz or at one of the many open fields near Stanford University.  Eitherway, im excited to have finally introduced myself and Capone to the group. Even Logan got the initiation.. doggy-wise that is 🙂

Afterwards, we all reluctantly went home and it was a very quiet ride back 🙂

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Hooray for new places!

As promised (to Capone that is), last week I took him and the kids to some new spots to check out. How happy am I that we get to adventure to new spots now that he has had all of his shots. He enjoys our walks around the neighborhood but anytime we can go somewhere new its an added bonus!

We ventured to Reed Street Dog Park in Santa Clara and it was really nice! There was plenty of places to sit, an overhand shade and plenty of trees. They don’t call Santa Clara ” Tree City” for nothing!

Its located off of a pretty busy street and the local CalTrain runs somewhat near it so there are plenty of “city distractions” but Capone didnt seem to to mind.

Other than Fremont City Dog Park, this is by far our favorite nearby city-sanctioned dog park.

There are other off-leash locations near us that we have yet to try because we’re still working on Capone’s recall. He likes to “adopt” people that are nearby and its hard to get his attention to bring him back sometimes.

We were only here for a little bit due to there not being very many dogs to play with but

Capone did find a very cute pitbull puppy to sniff while we were here 🙂

 We also had another break in the cold, wet weather to introduce Capone to the Stevens Creek Trail. Its not a “hiking” trail per say but its a nice paved path along Stevens Creek that is visited and traveled by runners, walkers and bicyclists every day. I used to run this trail very often when I was single, and now take both kids in the jogging stroller when the weather is too beautiful not to be outside. So now, I get to come with Capone and enjoy with him and the kids as part of our weekly cardio regimen 🙂

 We started at the Yuba Drive Trail Head beause it has the easiest access to parking. It also features a very welcomed human and dog fountain to quench the thirsties after a nice jog or walk along the trail.

 It was REALLY windy that day so hoodies were completely in effect 🙂

 Capone did a really good job at maintaining his gait with my speed ( I have short legs so sometimes he looks at me like “hurry up slow poke!”) and made sure to watch his back legs from running into my rear stroller wheels.

 I know you’re not supposed to really “run” a Dane before he is 18 months because of possible joint damage but this little guy was ready to run! Its as if he was on the verge of sprinting the whole time 🙂 We made a couple of strategic stops just so I could curb the itch!

 Oh! Is that a squirrel?

 Everyone loved the little blue bridge

Can we go down that way?

On the large blue bridge.

One hour later, the zoomies were finally cured and we had our mellow boy back.. snores and all ♥

 

Oh and for the record.. we’ve found 4 of his teeth already! How is this kid going to eat without his teeth!! Until next time… 🙂

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Valentine’s Love!

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone! I hope you all got a little extra love yesterday and more snuggles than usual 🙂

Our day started with everyone getting up before the sun (ugh) and waiting patiently for the first stream of sun to crack through the blinds.

Greeting the day with his squeaky buddy.

Its part of our daily routine to welcome the sun. It’s almost as if he can’t start the day without doing the same thing. I’ve heard of most Danes being pretty lazy in the morning but not Capone! He is our drill sergeant and always makes sure never to miss a sunrise!

Ok the sun is up! Now we can start our day 🙂

Since Josh goes to work before any of us get up, he had to leave my Valentine’s Day present waiting for me in the kitchen.

Josh knows I love flowers but hate to see them wither away when they’re cut so he got me a Stargazer Lily plant!

And of course a beautiful card as well 🙂

Capone was very curious about the flowers in the kitchen but good boy knew that he wasnt allowed to cross over the baby gate.

Getting his Valentine’s love 🙂

Lily made sure to give our kitty, Pepsi, love too!

She’s a big fan of the sun as well! For those who are wondering, she is a Sphynx and completely hairless other than a tiny bit on her tail and a smidge on the top of her head. She’s 12 years old and not very tolerant of Capone wanting to play/wrestle with her all the time.

That’s why she’s not in very many pictures 🙂

Capone even got to enjoy some flowers of his own on our walk that morning!

Lily had school that morning, and a Valentine’s Party at her preschool so of course we got a flood of Valentine’s when we got home. I helped her make her own Valentine card for Josh. It turned out so cute. Here is a picture of it.

Those were all her answers 🙂

Picture of Josh complete with glasses and facial hair.

Josh and I celebrated with getting some take-out from our favorite Italian restaurant, Frankie Johnny & Luigi’s. We made sure to get it after the kids had gone to bed so that we could have a nice meal without all the usual child interruptions 🙂 We were so hungry and anxious to have some time alone that I forgot to take pictures of our meals or any pictures of us for that matter!

I did however get a really cute video of Capone trying to eat some bubbles Lily got in her Valentines stash.

Hope everyone had as much fun and love as we did!

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Sushi & Sharks, Graduation Day & The Tooth Fairy!

Sushi anyone?

Sounds delicious right?

Look, even Capone loves it 🙂

Well alright not that kind of sushi but he does love his fish meals!

Josh and I decided to try a new restaurant called BlueFin that opened not too long ago near the HP Pavilion which showcases artists and sporting events. His company, Intermedia had a company night at the Pavilion for the San Jose Sharks game, so we decided to get sushi before the game.  Coincidently, I used to work for this restaurant a few years ago (back when Josh and I were dating) as a cocktail server, so it’s a little odd going back since most of the decor has stayed the same.

Josh’s favorite food really isnt sushi but he never passes up an opportunity to eat some yummy gyoza and Japanese beer 🙂

I ordered some edemame, a seaweed salad and a Dragon Roll. It was delicious and probably one of the best Dragon rolls I’ve ever had!

Josh ordered their handmade gyoza’s which were PERFECT!! Not at all gummy like they usual are at some places and chicken teriyaki with veggie tempura.

Yummy Gyoza!!

Dragon Roll!

Tempura!

Here we are enjoying our sushi!

Kind of blurry but you can see their company on the jumbotron!

Unfortunately, the Sharks lost but it was still an awesome time 🙂

This Saturday was Capone’s Puppy 2 graduation! Our family photographer was coming by that morning to take Logan’s 1 year pictures so I was busy at home making Logan a bowtie for the occasion. Check it out!

So since I was at home sewing my little heart out, Daddy unfortunately forgot to take a picture of Capone graduating 😦 But here is a picture of his certificate!

Again, he took the class at A Dog’s Life and we saw so much change in Capone this last series of classes. Its as if the light bulb went off in his head that he likes training and now tries to get our attention in a positive and welcoming way, as opposed to barking, chewing and trying to sit on one of the kids 😛 He’s more attentive, more polite and genuinely such an easy-going mellow boy. We’ll see how long that lasts since I’ve been told they start to get a little unruly in the teenage years. We already signed him up for the next Puppy 3 class and kind of figured it would be best if we always had him in some sort of training class. Not only is it his special time with either Josh or I but he gets all the mental stimulation in learning new things. Its exciting seeing how far we can take it. Perhaps we can even get to the Good Canine Citizen AKC recognition!

 We wanted to take Capone out to celebrate but as much as we tried to motivate him to get up, the graduate did NOT want to get up off his blankie, so we let him sleep the afternoon away.

Mr. Motivation!

Dont worry, we didnt let him sleep the ENTIRE day.. but since it started to rain that afternoon, a nice 30 minute walk around the neighborhood was all the excitement that we could offer.

And guess what we found this morning?

The toothfairy is coming tonight!!

Until next time!

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Dog Parks!

Now that Capone has had all of his shots, I have been trying to get him to visit all of our local dog parks in search of the nicest ones in our area. Luckily, we have fantastic trails, beaches and state parks that we can always go to, however, I’m trying to get him to have as much socialization as possible. Of course, dog parks arent the only place to have him get socialized but going on walks, visiting schools, malls, and other public places that we have been to sometimes work against us. I sometimes find people walk away from us because Capone is a big doggie. While I would love for him to meet every person that walks past us, 9 times out of 10, they either pass us quickly, or actually go out of their way to avoid coming near him. If only they knew what a big pile of mush he is 🙂 Of course you get the occasional person who wants to meet him which is fantastic, but for the most part, our outings that aren’t at dog geared locations, sometimes just end up being him and I doing little training sessions.

SO, the dog park really helps with meeting other doggies that want to play and other people/kids that go there knowing that they are going to meet dogs, want to meet dogs and know how to meet dogs. Read up on this wonderful post shared by Honey the Great Dane ‘s Facebook page which demonstrates proper pooch etiquette. Its very cute! http://boogiebt.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/how-not-to-greet-a-dog/

So far we have visited three..

Fremont Dog Park, Las Palmas Dog Park, and Mountain View Dog Park.

Here are my reviews and some pictures..

Fremont Dog Park

Rating: B+

This is a great park because of its space, however it only gets a B+ because it is completely covered in astro turf. While its nice to not be on dirt, its pretty stained and just doesnt look very appealing. The dogs dont seem to mind it at all and during the rainy season makes it super convenient to still be able to bring your doggies out to play and not have a mud field.

Second is Las Palmas Park.

This doggie park unfortunately gets a C- rating. While its the closest one to our house, it is very dated, all dirt,  and only has 1 human bench. People have brought in plastic chairs but even then, those are falling apart. I dont think we’ll be coming back to this dog park often but its nice to have it for a quick pre-doggie preschool zoomie releaser.

And lastly, we’ve visited Shoreline Dog Park in Mountain View. While it was dirt as well, it was a much nicer dirt and there was lots of places to sit, trash cans with doggie bags, a doggie fountain and a picnic area with shade. I give it a B- only because of the non-grass. It is in a nice area (surrounded by Google offices and the Shoreline Amphiteatre) and there’s no loud traffic to startle any of the dogs 🙂

Next week we’ll be going to Santa Clara Dog park and walking the Stevens Creek Trail. Lets hope for no rain!!

All this dog park talk is making me tired!

Nite Nite!!

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The Odin Project.

Ive recently been contacted by a man named Thomas Sandberg that is doing research on the life expectancy of large breed dogs in particular Great Danes. He’s trying to research the correlation between diet and life span and breaking the cycle of loosing these gorgeous beauties at such an early age. Its primarily through raw food including prey model and BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diets, which is what we have Capone on. It makes me hopefull that we are doing the best thing for Capone and prolonging our time with him by giving him the best nutrition possible. I know feeding raw is not for everyone and all doggies can thrive on every kind of doggie food there is, we just feel like there might be a chance to have Capone in our lives as long as possible with choosing this route of nutrition. Here are some links to his website and to participate if you have a large breed dog and the link to his facebook page.

http://www.bigolddogs.com/the_odin_project.htm

https://www.facebook.com/bigolddogs

And for those who are interested in feeding raw and learning a little more about the myths and facts about raw feeding, here is a link to some information.. 😉

http://www.rawfedpets.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=50&Itemid=49

 

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Its a hygiene kind of day..

I read somewhere that Great Danes dont need to be washed very often but maybe theyve never owned anyone like Capone. If its muddy, stinky, sticky, gooey, and covered in dirt, then its probably been touched/rolled in/licked or sat on by you-know-who.

Capone sleeps in his crate with his oversized blankie (we let him have our old king sized fleece blanket) along with his favorite blue blankie and his small baby blankie. Its a whole lot of blankets and when they start to smell like whatever he’s rolled around in, our living room starts to stink! Because boys can get a little smelly! Shh.. dont tell him I said that because he thinks hes a handsome boy ALL the time like mommy tells him. But lets face it, sometimes little boys need to get clean!

We have a pretty small bathroom and tub and we didn’t feel like bending over continuously (he’s not super tall yet obviously) so we decided to head on over to our local PETCO pet store because their grooming department has a self service wash station. Its kind of like those self service car washes, only for doggies 🙂 They have elevated tubs and ramps so that you don’t have to do any heavy lifting or bending over to scrub the doggies clean! And they have detachable hoses for the shower heads so that you don’t get water everywhere! Not to mention it has warm water so it beats getting hosed down in the backyard with cold water 😦 For $12 you get an apron that looks like you’re about to butcher a cow (you know one of those heavy duty black kind that get worn in slasher movies), all the shampoo you want, three clean towels, and an optional bow.

Josh and Capone, patiently waiting for our turn 🙂

Giving one good ear rub before we go in and right before Lily yells she needs to go potty. (Can you tell?)

I dont know what to do Dad, should I sit or stand???

Bring on the warm water!!

Not too much shampoo, I still want to smell nice and doggyish!

Capone was getting a little nervous about the hair dryer, so the kids and I went out of the grooming department so that Josh could finish up with him without the added noise.  We looked for a new squeaky toy since his squeakies last only a couple days due to him trying to chew out the noise maker. Lily wanted to get him a rubber chicken but I opted for something a bit more durable 🙂

This is what we decided on…

Its an Air Kong squeaky toy and its so far lasted the whole night!! Still intact!! I think Capones record for getting a squeaky out is 15 minutes. So it was key to get something that would last. It feels like a tennis ball and the squeaky sounds wherever it is squeezed which will keep his interest. So far so good!

Finally, when we got home I showed Capone his other treat for being such a good boy…

A new toothbrush!!

Capone loves getting his teeth brushed and will lay down and just let me brush for as long as I want. I think since he is loosing teeth, it feels good on his gums but hey, doesn’t brushing feel good anyways? We’ve gone through two toothbrushes already because sometimes he forgets its not for chewing but for brushing. Last time I got a spiny brush and Capone just couldnt get used to the whirring motor so we’re right back to the normal ones.

Lets hope he is always this good whenever the toothbrush comes out!

Until next time!

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Ridin’ along in my automobile…

Capone has finally outgrown his travel crate. We had it in the back of our SUV but as of last week, it was so awkward for poor Capone to squeeze in an out of it that we decided to let him stretch out his legs (literally) and get the entire back cab of the car. Our back window also goes down which will come in handy when he finally figures out that he can lean his head out the back. I’m too paranoid he’ll try to squeeze out so I only drop it down a few inches. I also brought in his comfy mat and it fits perfectly! He was so comfy in it that he didnt want to come out for his Puppy class today. So I snapped a few photos 🙂

 Since this was the first weekend that we were going to be having Capone lay in the backseat, we haven’t gotten around to getting a pet barrier yet. But since he has a thing for trying to eat Lily’s or anyone else’s hair for that matter I need to get one ASAP.  I can just hear the whines from the backseat that Capone is trying to chew on her hair.

So, I’ve researched a couple of brands and they all seem to be pretty somewhat universal.

Here is a picture of one that I was thinking about getting … the doggie does look pretty happy back there 🙂 And theres room between the bars to still get a nice little ear massage.

Did I mention he took his time getting out of the car?

But once I mentioned that he would get his “cookies” (dental treats) he was out in a flash to enjoy his class.

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