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Shame on Me!

Its been a while since I last posted and a big shame on you to.. well.. me! Its been a very hectic two weeks and its so nice to be winding down Lily’s last days of preschool, a ton of doctor’s appointments and other personal gotta-do’s that I’ve finally gotten taken care of!

Capone’s outtings (mostly the car outtings) have been slim to none due to the fact that the big boy just will NOT jump into the car by himself! He’s well over 100 pounds now and I can no longer lift his rump into the rear of my Sequoia. No matter how many treats I offer, and i’m talking bacon, chicken, hot dogs, liver.. stuff that he would usually go nuts over, just does not do any good for coaxing him into the back of the car. Josh has the magic touch because he’s gotten him to jump in way more times than I have. I’m just scared that he’ll jump in, get out at our destination and then refuse to get back in when its time to go home! So our outtings have been mostly our daily walks, playtime outside and to our weekly training classes.

Capone has started training classes again! We are now in Canine Middle School which is the continuation of the Puppy series classes taught at A Dog’s Life in Sunnyvale. His classes are on Saturday and even though he works well at doing the commands he is one distracted boy! No matter what I have in my hand as a treat, his focus is mostly on what the other dogs are doing. Don’t get me wrong, he listens and does what he’s asked. He just always has his head in sight and almost leaning to the side so he can get a glance at who else is in the room. Gotta love my social butterfly!

Here he is in class showing off his best “down” position 🙂

Since the classes are on Saturday, we still get a chance to enjoy the tired version of Capone in case we want to go somewhere crowded like a local park and not have him be overly excited or anxious. Today was so hot (106) so we just let him relax after his class since the heat was almost overwhelming by the time it was time to go home.

Its Hot, Mom!!

I recently took Capone to our vet because I filmed an erratic heartbeat of his that seemed really odd since it wasnt an exact rhythmic pattern. I of course being a worrywart, called his vet and immediately started googling it to find out if there was something wrong with Capone. After a short trip to the vet and lots of reassurance, our vet found nothing wrong with Capone, thank goodness! Here’s a clip of what I filmed.. tell me what you think?

 

Tomorrow is Father’s Day and we plan on taking Josh out to breakfast and then later on to the movies. He got his gift a little early this week ( a 47 inch flatscreen/HD TV)  so I couldn’t get him another large gift.  Instead I bought him a new yummy cologne and I ran around tonight picking up some goodies to make him a very cute card 🙂

 

 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Father’s Day to all the papas of human and furry children!

 

Love, Val & Capone

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Thanks & Puppy Medals

When I started this blog, I did it more for a way to look back and have documentation of Capone being a part of our lives.  And honestly, at the beginning it just felt like I was writing more for myself or even more-so, TO myself. As the months have gone by, it’s been so nice to be getting feedback and great comments about Capone and how much people enjoy hearing my stories about him. I hit 1,000 views the other day and I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that I’ve gotten that many people on my page 🙂 So a big thanks to everyone who has taken the time to give us a little visit!

Today Capone turned 7 months (all 80+ pounds of him) and we got a really awesome package in the mail! As some of you remember, we took some Puppy 1 classes a few months ago (here is a picture from that post, look how little he looked!!) at our fave doggy hangout spot A Dog’s Life, that included registration as an AKC S.T.A.R Puppy. Well, we mailed in the paperwork and look what we got!

Capone tried to help open the other parts of the package but all he managed to do was bump my hand and make the shot blurry 🙂

This is what he was after…

Woohoo! Capone’s first medal 🙂

Now that we have the basic puppy training classes under our belt, I’m hoping to get Capone into some more challenging (but fun) training classes, agility classes and finally get him into the AKC Canine Good Citizen program. I’m hoping to one day have Capone be a therapy dog to take him to convalescent homes or to rehabilitation facilities so that he can make someones day a little more goofy 🙂

Now that the weather is getting nicer, it’ll be easier to take him to different places and have him experience more surroundings. Speaking of the weather getting nicer, is anyone else shedding like crazy??

Of course, I don’t mind Capone’s dog hair since its grey and practically blends in with everything (except for his favorite blanket/girlfriend). So as of lately when we brush him, which ends up now being around every other day, we get a halo of hair that surrounds him when he lays down to get brushed! I can make a little toy hamster out of all the hair that I collect after his brushing/massage sessions. I actually use his grooming tool to pick up the hair after I’m done since it almost acts like a magnet on the carpet. That’s why in the picture you see a lot of carpet fluff 🙂

I’m so glad he likes it so much and in fact “reminds” us of it by dropping his Kong Zoom Groom in our laps. Its made out of this really tough rubber that is very durable. He’s used it as a chew toy since we got it the first week we got Capone. He probably sees it as his massage time rather than being just grooming time.

This is what we use.  As you can see he enjoys every minute of it and gives us his best “good boy” sit to get his massages 🙂

Eventually he lays down and almost falls asleep while we do it!

Which works for me because then I get to clean his ears..

And my.. what big ears you have!

We can’t forget the teeth either…

After all of that, Capone is happy to get some snuggles from his favorite little boy 🙂

Until next time and hope everyone had a wonderful Earth Day 🙂

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When The Humans Are Away…

The Danes will play!! Well.. technically I wasn’t “away”… just really sick! In fact, we all have been sick! Its been about 5 days now and I feel like we just keep recycling a cold between my children and I. Thank goodness I haven’t gotten anyone else sick! I even made Josh go stay at a friend’s house this weekend so that he wouldn’t catch anything. He has a really big conference this week and the last thing I wanted him to do was miss it. We unfortunately missed our Great Dane meetup date last Sunday (It even was a meetup that I setup to host!), which I felt terrible about, but there’s no way I could show up with two sick kids, a sick host and an 80 pound puppy. The thought just broke me out in a cold sweat. So poor Capone has been stuck at home with snotty humans around that just don’t want to play!

I’ve had to come up with some creative ways to keep him entertained while not causing myself or the kids to pass out and I’m SO glad that I bought this pet game a few weeks back..

Capone LOVES it.. well he loves it because Logan always helps him “find” the hidden treats. It’s called the Dog Smart Interactive Treat Game and its made by the Nina Ottoson Company. She has a really large line of great interactive dog games and I know once Capone has outgrown this game mentally, we can move to more challenging ones. There are some that even lock and make it quite difficult so its hours of mental stimulation that not only helps young dogs but keeps older dogs brains still sharp and active. I haven’t gotten around to taking a video of him playing with this because half of the time I’m wrestling Logan out of the way of Capone’s paws so forget having a steady camera shot!

We also got Capone a new squeaky toy. It’s a plush, stuffless snake with squeaky sections going down the body with a little rattle at the end of it. I did get a video of him having a zoomies attack to it..

As you can see in the video, he’s still pretty active and definitely has his moments of crazyness.. but for the most part, he has started to actually calm down. Who knows if he was lethargic because we were pretty out of it in the past few days but things have settled down alot with him.

Absolutely loves hugs from the kids

And snuggles are his favorite

And while he loves his bed…

His favorite resting area is my lap 🙂

And now that the weather is getting so nice, you can’t forget how much he loves to sunbathe!

Poor thing.. once we get over this awful cold, it will be back to normal!

Until next time, everyone keep their hands washed and hand sanitizers with you everywhere!

 Hugs, Val & Capone

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The Great Outdoors Part 2

Our trip to Shingle Springs last weekend was fantastic! We had a great first day ( If you missed the post, here it is) which consisted of us exploring the entire property with the kids and Capone trying to find a middle ground with their Golden Retriever, Shayna. After playing a few rounds of musical beds that night, we tucked them into bed in the laundry room. Boy, did Capone howl! He got up twice that night and I don’t know if he heard a racoon outside, or some deer but something had him spooked! It’s never been a problem to get him to go to bed but I’m sure it was hard to fall asleep in a room that was unfamiliar with a dog that wasnt too thrilled to share her bedroom. EVERYONE need coffee in the morning 🙂

My FIL (Father-in-law)’s birthday was that day and even though we got a bit rained out, we still had a wonderful time! Unfortunately, my forgetful self forgot to bring my camera charger and it died on me that same day. So no pictures of the party 😦 I did use my Iphone camera for the rest of the weekend but it was charging for the entire event. Boo on me!! I did catch this very cute picture of Lo and Josh enjoying a little fire after the party.

Shayna and Capone spent most of the party in the garage and boy where they happy to be out of it when the guests left. We thought it would be best not to have an 80 pound puppy bulldozing everyone over. It would have been way too overwhelming for him so we put them to bed and promised to make it up to them with a nice walk in the morning. No interruptions, thank goodness, but when we got up in the morning and let him out to do his business we heard him barking and barking. Thinking it was just some deer he was curious about, I went to go check on him because it’s not really like him to just bark incessantly. Look what I found..

He was on top of the walkway at the top of the fountain!! At first I thought he was just barking because he was proud of himself and wanted us to see his cool trick but as we got closer we realized the goof boy was STUCK!!

HELP! How do I get off this thing??

So I panicked thinking he was going to jump or fall back off the wall a-la-Humpty Dumpty style and called Josh. Here is a video of the whole ordeal of the rescue.


Needless to say, Capone did NOT go on the walkway again after that. I think he felt a little embarrassed about it because he followed me around like a shadow for a few hours and would not let me out of his sight. After lunch, he ventured off again and I found my 15th frog of the entire trip. He was beautiful!

I would have taken him home with me but Josh would have killed me. He would have kept us up with the croaking. Boy are they loud!!

The sunset that evening was gorgeous and Capone looked amazing in it 🙂

My MIL’s sister lives down the street and she has alpacas!! So we got up in the morning and went to go visit. Lily is a big fan of them and it was so cute seeing her take a crack at some country chores…

Like feeding the alpacas…

And feeding the chickens..

And collecting freshly laid eggs 🙂

Speaking of eggs.. can you believe I’ve never dyed Easter eggs? That’s what we did when we got back! Easter was that following Sunday so my In-laws wanted to share a little bit of the tradition with the kids since we were leaving that following afternoon.

Ready to dye her creations

Tada!! I think they came out great!

So this whole time, we hadn’t been bothered by Capone at all who is usually practically under my armpit the whole time to investigate what we’re doing especially if its something to do with food but lo and behold he was missing. After a brief check on the usual places he often layed down I peeked into the guest room where we had set up an air mattress on the floor and look who made himself comfy!!

 Caught red-handed! I felt bad kicking him out of the bed but honestly he is not allowed on any furniture so he reluctantly climbed off and went to go and steal Shayna’s bed instead.

He even missed the wildlife right outside the window as he snoozed! Here are the deer checking out my MIL’s garden..

See him behind the fence?

So the coolest thing happened too! Disclaimer: If you are squeamish when it comes to animal parts and organs stop reading 🙂

The day I got to Shingle Springs, I put an ad in Craigslist asking people for raw unwanted meat to feed Capone. As some of you know, we feed Capone a raw diet and I’m always on the lookout for fresh variety to give to him. Sure enough, I got an email the day before we were leaving that a woman was going to slaughter a pig and I was welcome to have the organs for Capone! SO that morning I headed out to the location and pick up a very heavy bag of “yummies” for the dog. I got the lungs, kidneys, spleen and liver. For free!! It was about 4 days of food for him. What a score!

I’d never seen pig lungs before and they were so light and spongy! It was fascinating!

Here I was making serving sized baggy proportions. Good thing I brought my food scale with me!

Check out the size of that liver!!! Holy smokes!!

After my butchering session, we cleaned up, packed all the last-minute stuff and said our goodbyes. By this time, Shayna and Capone were best buds and we made sure to share our last pig ear with her, which she was very grateful for 🙂 Josh had left earlier the previous day and when we finally got home this was waiting for me in the kitchen!

Our week was so much fun but we were all happy to be home..

Especially Capone 🙂

Until next time!

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The Great Outdoors! Part 1

Last week we decided to go visit my in-laws in Shingle Springs, CA. Its located about an hour or so from South Lake Tahoe and it’s absolutely gorgeous! Everytime I go up there its always, literally, a breath of fresh air for me. I consider myself a very city type girl but deep down I know the country life would suit me just fine, if not even better. I mean who wouldn’t want to be on acres of land with deer on your lawn every morning? Its fantastic! We went up there for Christmas and haven’t been back so we went up to celebrate my father-in-laws birthday and spend some time enjoying the country a bit 🙂

They have a Golden Retriever named Shayna that was a little annoyed with Capone back in December (she didn’t fancy all the puppy play) so we were hoping they would get along a lot better now that Capone had put on 20 pounds or so.  We kept our fingers and paws crossed!

The kids and Capone were very happy to get out of the car after the three-hour trip. Thank goodness for the DVD player in my car because I would be hearing a lot of “are we there yet’s”. Needless to say, after two Disney movies, we were all excited to have finally arrived. Of course, no drive would be completely without the almost accidental running over of the wild turkeys that roam the area! I mean, seriously, who crosses traffic right as soon as a car is coming?? Crazy birds!! Nothing a couple good car honks didn’t fix, though

As soon as we got out of the car, Capone was zoomin’ all over Shayna who of course gave us the stink eye as if to say “Really? Him, again?” Hee hee, poor Shayna.

So excited to see Shayna

Giving him a “what on earth are you doing” look 🙂

She wanted to come back into the house…

So Capone went off to explore around the property.

Pretty girl

Still too excited about Shayna to go too far, so he came back after 5 min. and joined her to come back inside.

After setting up the pack and play crib, inflatable toddler mattress and unpacking most of our clothes, we were ready to go outside and enjoy some of the sunshine before the expected storm was going to roll in. My Father-in-laws birthday party was the next day so rain was not welcome, however, we all still had a great time! Speaking of unpacking, this is the first time we used Lily and Logan’s official suitcases that I bought for them at Target. Can you believe they were on sale for a little under $15? Aren’t they cute? Yay for Target! Logan also spent about half the day rolling his around our house so it doubles as a toy 🙂

Aside from their beautiful home, my in-laws (herein referred to as my MIL/FIL for typing efficiency purposes) property includes a really cute cottage in the back of the property, a rustic old barn, a fountain with a koi pond, a garden, a wine cellar and a shed.  Which of course, both kids wanted to explore every section of.. so off we went to explore!

Some of the beautiful flowers we found

All of a sudden, something caught Capone’s attention and he had to stop and really pay attention to find out where it was coming from!

It was the koi fish coming up to breathe

Trying to get a better look at them

 Some of these fish were really big!

My IL’s front part of the house has a really long driveway that Logan is a fan of walking but now that he’s gotten better at walking, his main goal was to run as fast as he could down the incline. Much to my dismay, lots of spills and falls happened, but everytime he would pick himself back up and try again. I think this bothered Shayna because after a while, she started to kind of corral him to prevent it.

I found the cutest little frog!

Who was patient enough to let Capone sniff him for a good 2 minutes.

We also got a tour of their new upgraded garden with adequate fencing. The deer are notorious for eating any crop they plant so it has to have some pretty high fences so the deer can’t jump over it and grab a Scooby snack in the middle of the night!

It’s still too cold to plant anything but my FIL showed Lily her little flower bed that we would plant with whatever she wanted to grow this summer. Lily wants to plant flowers, tomatoes and squash.

Here he is showing her his restored antique swing bench. I loved the sky blue paint job on it! Very retro.

Oh and check out the red door, it was off their old barn that they decided to paint red. Super cute!

Quality assurance Lily testing it out!

Checking out the flower beds

 

Lily’s favorite tree on the property

After a long day of just walking the property and exploring, everyone settled in for the night. Capone and Shayna settled their differences (once he calmed down) and enjoyed a good snuggle. Poor thing was being squished by Capone as you can see in the picture since he’s practically laying on her back legs. She didn’t seem to mind it tho.

It was cute seeing Shayna’s fur on Capone and vice versa. After running around all day, both of them were pretty dirty!

Knowing we were going to stay for a few days it was nice to see them sharing space and enjoying each other’s company. It’s always nerve-wracking wondering if dogs are going to get along especially since Capone is obviously much bigger than her.

So we took this as a good sign..

Until he decided to steal her bed! Even though his very comfy bed and blanket were right next to him. Silly boy!

To be continued… 🙂

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Sunday Funday!!

Happy Wednesday! Last Sunday I organized a meetup for our Dane group to come check out a new spot that I scoped that was rather close to our house. I have been trying to find good locations to organize some meetups and after visiting it about two weeks ago with the kids, knew that it would be a great spot to invite all of our Dane friends. All of the meetups so far have been at least 30-45 minutes away so it was nice finding an off-leash location that had swimming and open fields to run as well as being only 15 minutes away! It was at the Penitencia Creek Ponds in San Jose and the doggies thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

This week has been rainy and gloomy so it was nice squeezing a bit of fun before the storms came.  This is a picture of one of the main ponds with the bridge to connect it to the Penitencia Creek Trail.

Everyone saying hello

Gorgeous Harvey

Notice, Capone is the only one not in the water…. still not sure about it 🙂

Beautiful Willow

It’s Graycie!! Capone saying hello to his sister 🙂

I wore the wrong pants that day.. my really loose yoga pants that in this exact moment were falling off my hips! Thank goodness I had an extra hand or else they would have been around my ankles!

Gorgeous Molly

After about 15 minutes of introductions and getting used to the water, Laura, a meetup member came with her 6 month old Dane, Milo.  Its as if Capone and Milo spotted each other from across the pond because the minute they were in each others presence they were instantly wrestling, hugging, running, etc. I’ve only seen Capone play like this with his buddy Raja and often his other buddy Toby. But nothing to this extent. Of course, all the other Danes (including his sister) wanted nothing to do with the rambunctious boys so they pretty much played together all afternoon. I have already contacted Laura to have more playdates with Milo because these kids were on a roll and after the incredibly long nap he had after we came home, it was well worth it!

We stayed for about an hour and a half and everyone was relatively tired. Josh was watching the kids so it was nice to just be able to spend time with Capone and give him my complete attention.  Which means he was on his best behavior because I’m usually pretty strict with how he walks on his leash, his heels, sits, etc. whenever its just him and I.

This is what I came home to…

Capone isnt the only teething baby on the block 😦

But after some Baby Orajel and some lunch…

The boys were right as rain 🙂

Speaking of babies.. I completely forgot to post up pictures of a little playdate we had a few weeks back.. it was with a friend of mine that just got a new Dane baby and he was SOO cute.. how precious is this?

This is Clipper and he was SOOO cute!! Of course, Capone was way too big to play with him but he was brave enough to let Capone get really close to get a nice sniff.

I cant believe that Capone was ever this tiny. We’ll see in a few short months how fast he’ll grow!

I often say that about my kids since you see them every day its not often you sit back and realize how big they’ve gotten until you see a picture or video of them and realize their growth. I took the kids to a little amusement park the other day and Lily wanted to get on the “big kid” rollercoaster. Since I had a cranky teething boy on my hands, my friend Tara went on the little rollercoaster ride with Lily.. check out her expression..

 Even though she looked terrified she loved it!

I finished up the weekend by picking out a bridesmaid dress for my brothers wedding. I got to pick the style as long as it was a certain color and fabric choice. I wont tell you what color the actual dress is going to be (Shhh its a secret) but here is a picture of the sample dress style that I ordered. Dont mind my untanned skin and the bruise on my shin.. it was a head on collision with Capone 🙂

Now this means i have to lay off the ice cream and the chocolate!

 Until next time! Snorezzzz….

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Hello Again.. San Francisco..

It’s been about 10 years since I lived in San Francisco and a tiny part of me misses the hustle and bustle of the city and all of its excitement. I’ve been a DJ for about 15 years now and back when I would have 2 or 3 gigs a weekend, it was the best place to be and work. Obviously, my life has changed and I have my beautiful family now. So of course, visiting always brings back that wonderful nostalgia of living in that wonderful city. We had a Great Dane meetup in SF last weekend so I jumped at the chance to go and take Lily and Capone to visit one of my favorite places there, Fort Funston.

Its right off of PCH (Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1) and is on the southwest side of SF near Ocean Beach. It’s one of the few places that allow off-leash dog access at a beach and it was my first time going with both kids.

I also picked up my brother, Gabriel, who lives in the city and it was so nice for Lily to spend some time with her uncle at the beach 🙂

After a very short 10 minute drive.. we drive into Fort Funston.

Boy, was it crowded when we got there! There was already quite a few people in the parking lot but it wasnt hard to spot the Danes waiting to go down the dunes to the water. There was even some fantastic hand gliding daredevils flying overhead which fascinated Lily.

The weather was beautiful with absolutely no clouds in the sky. They did creep in soon afterwards. Chilly? Yes of course but it was so worth it! I used to live about 10 minutes from Fort Funston in the Sunset District and we only got 4 or 5 non-foggy days in the year so this was such a welcome treat for everyone im sure.

We were greeted by everyone and it was so nice starting to see familiar faces. Of course, Capone was loving every second of it and making sure to say hello/sniff everyone.

Everyone getting acquainted

Once everyone was there, we headed down the trail to the ocean. It was about a 10-15 minute walk (depending if you were holding onto Capone’s leash or Lily’s hand) and the entire trail was tree-lined with gorgeous smelling eucalyptus trees. The smell reminds me of my brother who used to collect the little seed pods when we were kids.

View to the right of the trail with Sutro tower in the distance.

Towards the end of the trail at the clearing of the eucalyptus trees. We can see the sand dunes!

My little 3 year old legs cant keep up with those long-legged Danes, Uncle Gabe!

We made it to the beach! Now, time to go down the steep sand dunes…

… after of course I let Capone off his leash before he drags me down the side of the hill!

We made it to the beach!!

It was Capone’s first time at the beach and on black sand!

Duke coming up to say hi. I love seeing all the Dane footprints everyone was leaving 🙂

Capone had a blast! A little apprehensive to actually head into the water but he loved running up and down the wet coastline!

Gorgeous Delia checking out the waves

Charge!!!

Lily even got some help digging her sandcastle from Delia and Molly 🙂

But they helped a little too much and made the hole as big as Lily 🙂

Capone even enjoyed a little sand dune climbing

After about two hours, everyone got a bit tired and we all headed back up the sand dune hill and up the trail to head back to the cars..

You mean we cant stay here forever????

Poor Delia looked so sad that everyone was leaving. Her human, Carolyn reassured me that this was her normal look but that it definitely works for her advantage to get what she wants. Hee hee!

Gabe showing Lily the Fort Funston tunnels before we head to lunch.

Well, we said our goodbyes and until next times and we headed into the city for something to eat. Lily suggested sushi so who were we to say no! With Capone happily snoring in the back of the Sequoia, we headed into the city for some sushi. We decided on Nagano Sushi off Geary and it was wonderful! I tried a roll called the “No Name” roll and it was delish!! Salmon, in a tempura fried seaweed roll on a bed of teriyaki sauce.

Can’t forget the seaweed salad!

Waiting patiently for her miso soup and white rice 🙂

What a fun day we had! After lunch, we said goodbye to Gabe and headed back home.

oh yeah, and I actually remembered to have a picture taken where I was in front of the camera too!

The sign of a good outing! Hope to return to Fort Funston again soon!

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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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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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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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