Outings

Out With the Boys

It was bath day and Capone, Lo and I headed to our local PetSmart yesterday for some good ‘ol bathtime. I really like that they have an amazing pet washing center that’s really convenient for big doggies that don’t want their baths outside with garden hoses and only the option of really cold water. Capone just isn’t a fan of water to begin with (unless it comes out of a water fountain) and when he feels the lukewarm water, he relaxes and seems to enjoy himself a lot. Not to mention my tub is just way too small and I don’t have a removable shower head.  So Petsmart is now our bi-weekly outing either on Tue or Thursday whenever Lily is in preschool. One less child makes a world of a difference!

He enjoys any outing really, especially since he loves sticking his head out of the window of the car, but especially to any pet-related location. The employees are starting to recognize him at the PetSmart store and Capone makes sure that he goes up to every employee there to get love (especially since he knows they all wear treat bags so he can show them his best “sit”).

While on our way to the grooming center, one of the employees that we had met the last time we were there, let us know that they had gotten some really cute leather collars in that week including blue leather ones. I had been looking for a blue leather collar for Capone now that the one he has fits him a bit snug. I promised to take a look and we went to go get beautiful 🙂

 

 

Oh but first things first.. we had to stop by the rodent section. The boys are obsessed with any rat-like creature and who could blame them.. the hamsters and chinchillas were so precious!! Something about their beady little eyes make them so adorable. Logan laughs his head off whenever he sees them in the hamster wheels. Capone just stares and tries to follow the very fast critters..

They were fast little guys!

Once we were all done we stopped by to check out the collars. I’ve been meaning to get Capone a nice heavy-duty collar but can never find one that has the double stitch detail, the right thickness, and that is the nice navy blue that I’m looking for. Also, is it me, or do all the thick heavy collars all HAVE to have spikes on them? Or some sort of ominous looking grommets that would look more appropriate on a biker helmet? Lo and behold, we reach the collar aisle and wow, it’s truly a collar aisle!

Capone liked how the metal collars sounded when they clinked together. He kept pushing them with his nose 🙂

After a few glances at the different collars I found it.. the perfect blue, leather, double stitched extra long collar that I’d been looking for!

This particular Petsmart has a vet office in their store so I love having the option of being able to weigh Capone anytime I want to instead of having to make a trip to my vet since I can no longer carry Capone and find that out for myself on my home scale. And the survey sayyyyyyyss…….

He broke 100!! To think that Capone is going to outweigh me in 15 pounds is kind of crazy and awesome at the same time!

When we got home I couldn’t wait to put on his new collar 🙂

Leather smells good!

How do I look??

Woof  Woof! Love, Capone

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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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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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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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Weekend Shenanigans!

What a great weekend! The weather was absolutely beautiful so we decided to go to our local park to get some fresh air. After being plagued with the flu last weekend, I was dying for some sunshine! This park is actually connected to a local Elementary school called Ponderosa Elementary and has a wonderful field that gets visited by all the local doggies in the evenings. We are regulars on Wednesday nights since Josh goes to softball and its always nice to run off some energy before it gets too dark.

Ready to hit the field!

So much to smell, Mom!

Wait for me Lily! I want to go to the playground, too!

Maybe I’ll come back for some yummy treats 🙂

Say cheese!

Kisses for Dad!

Charge!!

Headed to the playground

Checking out all the kids!

Enjoying the people watching 🙂

I was very happy at how Capone was so well-behaved. He even made some children friends and got to display how well he can sit for a tripe treat 🙂 We went back to the field after a little bit so that Capone could enjoy a little more of the sunshine.

This morning, we had our usual pancake breakfast made by my husband (he makes the best Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes) and we headed to the puppy socials we take Capone to every Sunday. Its at A Dog’s Life in Sunnyvale and its where we take our Puppy classes. We have the best time there and everyone is amazing with the doggies. They even have grooming, boarding, daycare and a long list of classes (which im sure we’ll take). Its also a nice way to run off some energy and have Capone play with his friends. They also have a webcam so you can see everyone in action! http://www.dogslife.biz/webcam_sv1.html

Waiting for his friends to show up

Playing with Raja.. his girlfriend:)

Afterwards, we headed home and visited with some family and friends. All in all, it was a fantastic day and Capone ended it with some princess chutes and ladders and in his new comfy orthopedic bed!

Hooray for wonderful weekends!! Until next time!

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Bubbles, Tricks and Geese :)

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Capone turned 4 months old last Sunday on the 22nd, and while I was envisioning us going somewhere amazing and fun-filled to celebrate, my body had other plans 😦 I came down with the worst flu I’ve had in a few years on Wednesday and it completely left me out of comission up until yesterday. I felt much better yesterday so I was able to at least take some pictures to commemorate the occasion 🙂

Happy 4 Months, Capone!

..and still growing 🙂

Enjoying his favorite treat, a trachea

I asked Lily what she wanted to give Capone as a present and she said “BUBBLES”!!! So out the bubbles came and Capone had a great time trying to pop them 🙂

Mesmerized by the floating bubbles!

Sorry it’s so blurry, two little children and a puppy and moving bubbles are very hard to photograph 🙂

Since I was feeling better, I decided to make it up to Capone today by going on an extra long walk to go see the geese that come visit every year at the Sunnyvale Community Center. Not to mention, there are tons of fountains, lots of nice doggies that also come to walk and Capone’s favorite, lots of music and dancers always practicing for some sort of event. This time, we were lucky enough to preview some Chinese fan dancers that were practicing a routine. It was so beautiful!  Capone was so intrigued by the geese and smart boy knew better than to go running after them. I think he was a little scared in fact! He got lots of love and lots of questions. Especially about his ears and what kind of doggie he was. Some people still think he looks like a Weimerainer or a Lab!

Enjoying the beautiful day!

Lots of geese to look at! But careful enough to stay his distance 🙂

After a nice piece of chicken…

He was ready for a little snooze 🙂

I also got the energy to make a little video of him showing off his tricks that he learned in Puppy 1 and is currently working on in Puppy 2. (Excuse the way I look, it had been a couple days since I had brushed my hair :P) Oh and for those who are curious, the mat we used for his Puppy 2 class worked GREAT! And yes, he did share with some of his fellow puppy classmates 😉

Categories: Doggie Tricks/Obediance, Fun Stuff, Outings | 6 Comments

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