Aug
30
2010
2

This little puppy went sailing

Daphne's first sailing trip

This weekend we took Daphne sailing for the first time. She as a little apprehensive at first, actually she did a full-on mule maneuver at the dock. I didn’t think she was going to make it. But with a little coaxing (food never hurts!) she made it aboard and she seemed to have a great time. By the end she was snoozing with the wind in her hair and the sun on her face. She didn’t like it much when the boat started heeling, actually that always freaks Hayley out too. They had a great time though, as did we.

Sailing Puppies

Sailing Puppies

What this photo can’t capture though is the conclusion of our sailing adventure. Usually after an afternoon of sailing we stop at the local fish market and enjoy some Oysters Rockefeller and a glass of wine. But since we had the dogs with us this time, we decided to buy some seafood from the market and make it ourselves at home. We had to make a quick stop at the grocery store too though, for butter and parsley of course! While in the grocery store, for I swear no more than 10 minutes, the dogs were waiting patiently in the car. Well, not so patiently so much as devouring an entire pound of raw shrimp that I accidentally left in the front of the car! Yes, that’s right this cute little face pictured above turned into a carnivrous beast and ripped the bag of raw seafood to shreds, not even so much as a shrimp’s tail was left as evidence. Hardly any of the bag was left either!

Now, it was my fault for leaving the seafood unattended in the car. But I honestly had no idea that they would get into the bag, let alone actually eat all of it! The unfair part is that I have no evidence to suggest that Hayley played a part in the sabotage of our dinner. Daphne is quite protective of her food and when we returned to the car Hayley was hiding in the back seat. So it appears Daphne may have acted solo. But we will never know.

I seriously wish that dogs could talk to us. I would love to hear Hayley’s side of the story. They are both resting peacefully tonight with full bellies after a day of sailing. Life with dogs is certainly entertaining! I’m trying not to think about what that pound of raw shrimp is doing in Daphne’s belly. I’m going to hope for the best and be thankful it wasn’t chocolate!

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Jun
27
2010
4

Welcome Miss Daphne!

Daphne

Our new sweet girl

Ok, so it has been too long since my last post but once again I have a great excuse. Not only have I been loving my new job and our new life in North County, we also welcomed into our lives a new family member, of the four legged kind. Miss Daphne joined us last week.

New friends

New friends

She is a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. She is 6 and a half years old and is the sweetest little girl. But do not let that sweetness fool you, she actually has become top dog around our home; little Miss Hayley follows her all around. They have been getting along great, although Daphne has more interest in food than she does in playing with energetic young Hayley. Daphne’s family was moving and could not take her with them. And although I am sure she misses them she seems to have adjusted quickly and quite happily to her new home. We are so happy to have Daphne’s sweetness and calm demeanor in our home and Miss Hayley is loving having a friend around while Steve and I are at work all day.

Please join us in welcoming Daphne! Wondering how life is with 2 dogs now? Great, but I am sure I will have twice as many stories to share!

Feb
12
2010
1

Hayley’s First Pupcake, Happy 2nd Birthday!

Puppy's First Pupcake!

Puppy's First Pupcake!

Miss Hayley had a very special treat today on her 2nd birthday, she had her first Pupcake.

Pupcakes From Cups La Jolla

Pupcakes From Cups La Jolla

A local cupcake lounge in La Jolla, Cups, offers peanut butter and bacon Pupcakes. Yum! It came in a small plastic bag and it appeared to have a cupcake liner, but it turns out the cupcake liner is edible! Judging by how quickly Hayley gobbled it up I would have to assume they are out of this world delicious!

Happy Birthday Miss Hayley! It seems like only yesterday we brought you home from Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Sep
18
2009
1

The Great Road Trip Part 1: Divide, Montana

Please note the new slide show format above, we had too many images to share to include them all, so we made a slide show.

Part 1: We flew into Missoula, Montana on a new airline, Allegiant Air. We were very impressed with Allegiant, the fares are hard to beat, $59 for a one way fare. And the service was friendly and we departed on time and landed early. We drove to Divide, a small town south of Butte and stayed several nights at the Divide Campground. We were really impressed with the Divide campground, we had a semi-private campsite right along the Big Hole River, a blue ribbon trout stream. Here we spent time visiting with old friends, learning how to fly fish and I reminisced about my childhood. This by far was our favorite part of the trip. We can still close our eyes and imagine sitting by the river, hearing nothing but the rush of water over the river rocks, with the warmth of the sun on our faces, a cool breeze on our skin, and sipping cafe lattes in the afternoon with my parents, and our friends Jack and Judy. Oh and lovable BJ too!

Divide is the small town in rural Montana where I grew up. My parents built the house we lived in. Jack and Judy were our neighbors, but actually much more than that. They are our Montana family. I attended a 2 room schoolhouse (see the slide show above) just a short distance from our house. And yes, in the winter I did ski to school on occasion. That is something for the grand kids someday! It meant so much to come back here, but also even more to share it with my husband.

Stay tuned for the next stage of our journey, Glacier National Park!

Aug
25
2009
2

Free, Free As the Fence Goes

It’s been awhile since Hayley shared her latest stories with you, here are a few words from our favorite furry friend.

 

 

Wow, what a great time we had at YiaYia and Papou’s house in Connecticut! My friend Buddy shared the electric fence with me and we got to run free, well almost free. If I went too far I heard some rapidly increasing beeping noises, followed by a sharp shock to my neck if I crossed the line. I only had to learn that lesson once, ok well twice, before I learned not to go past the white little flags in the yard.

 

Buddy and Me

Buddy and Me

What fun it was to roam the yard with no leash, chase Buddy’s toys and bask in the sun. I even got to hang out at the party for Papou’s birthday and I almost got a bit of chocolate cupcake, so close.

When can we go back? I miss my morning walks with YiaYia. I miss being spoiled by Papou and all my east coast human friends. Good times. But I can’t complain, I have a pretty gig going here on the west coast. Today we went for a walk by the ocean and I got to watch birds and squirrels, run in the park and get lots of attention from people along the way. Now I just need to get my humans to feed me yummy treats like Papou did.


 

 

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Jul
23
2009
1

This Little Family Went To Market…

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marketSummertime is here. Which also means that tons of delicious fruits and veggies are in season. And what better excuse to sample fresh produce than by visiting a local farmers market!

We decided to try a new San Diego farmers market last weekend. We ventured downtown to Little Italy’s Mercato on Saturday morning. The Little Italy Mercato spans a couple of city blocks near the heart of Little Italy. As we strolled the length of the market, we could enjoy the sounds of live, musical performances. There was a wide array of food and craft vendors alike.

littleitalymarket_250Unlike some other markets around town, we were able to stroll the streets with our little furry friend, Hayley. At other markets we often have to leave her outside.

With so many wonderful flavors to choose from, we had a great time selecting fresh corn on the cob, heirloom tomatoes, feta and other Greek cheeses, Bing cherries, pink roses and even a whole chicken from local farmers. If not for the 2 hour limit on the parking meter, we might have stayed longer.

There is such an unmistakable difference in the quality of the food that we buy from the local markets. We have been enjoying the fruits of our adventure all week with fresh salads, and taking in the beauty of the fresh flowers that we bought as well. Take the time to find a market near you, not only will you enjoy the fresh product and handmade crafts available for purchase, you could also find that it is a great excuse to have some fun family time while supporting your local growers and artisans.

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May
29
2009
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Ad Pick of the Week – Oliver Gets Adopted

In celebration of Hayley’s 1 Year anniversary since her adoption, I thought I would share one my favorite commercials. The Pedigree Adoption Drive commercials really tug at your heart strings with the shots of sad little faces behind a fence at the pound, but this one makes you smile to see a very happy Oliver in his new home. Kind of like Miss Hayley.

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May
28
2009
1

A Hayley Celebration In Photos

I thought I would create a fun little photo montage to share with you all. It is a year of memories with Hayley “Bird”. Hayley says that she feels more loved than ever and can’t imagine what her life would be if we hadn’t rescued her 1 year ago today. We love you Hayley!

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May
28
2009
2

How 1 Puppy and 1 Year Has Changed Us Forever

It’s hard to believe that an entire year has gone by already since that day that changed our lives forever, the day we brought home our little rescue puppy.

My husband had been keeping a watchful eye on the Helen Woodward Animal Center website, and when Hayley’s cute little face popped up, he turned to me and said “That’s her, that’s our puppy. We are going to get her.” And we did. We said we were (more…)

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May
14
2009
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What’s up Hayley? Carrots!

It has been awhile since Hayley has shared her thoughts with you, today we have a few words from our favorite puppy:

My human has been on the computer all day. So, with nothing to do I have been helping as best I can, by sleeping on the futon in her office. This is so boring! Oh, wait, she just looked over and said something about a WALK, and do I want a CARROT? Yes, Yes, Yes, Please! Ohhh, I love carrots. They are so crunchy and sweet. She says the vitamin A in them will help my eyes, and that we need to supplement my dog food with veggies every once in a while. Whatever. Just keep them coming mom, delicious!

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Tasty and healthy treats, carrots!

A few words about dog nutrition to support Hayley’s great contribution today. Just like with a human diet, a dog’s diet should be comprised of a variety of healthy, age appropriate foods; but all in moderation. It is a great idea to supplement your pet’s diet with raw veggies in small quantities. Carrots are a great substitute for dog chews or other cookies. I usually give Hayley no more than 1 baby carrot per day, usually every other day. She loves them, and the hard texture is great for combating plaque build up on her teeth.

There are some veggies and human food items which are harmful to dogs and should never be shared with them: chocolate, onion, garlic, raisins, grapes, green parts of tomato plants, potato peels, rhubarb leaves, broccoli and pits or stones from many common fruits. When in doubt about introducing any new food item to your pet, especially puppies, always check with your vet.

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