Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
First order of business (well, second after lunch and a beer), was to bring the dogs to the river for a swim. Then we enjoyed the day setting up camp, cooking some steak, chicken, corn on the cob, playing cards and enjoying each other's company around the fire.
Sunapee is very confident with the river and had more success than he normally does in the ocean.
The hike to the river and the swimming definitely tired out Sunapee.
Kevin cooked and ate with what Heather calls his Crocodile Dundee knife.
In some of these videos you can hear us all laughing at his crazy stroke. In others, you can hear his snarfing for air.
Friday, July 25, 2008
We stayed at one of the MacCallum House buildings and enjoyed a great room with a private patio and hot tub. Friday in Mendocino was clear and beautiful so we enjoyed a drink on the deck before dinner at the MacCallum House restaurant.
Saturday, Matt unfortunately woke up feeling ill, so he spent the day in bed napping, watching the Yankees and consuming saltines and ginger ale. I spent the day on our private deck reading and hanging out with the Pee.
View from MacCallum House deck Friday
Walking around town Saturday with Sunapee
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
- Sunapee successfully completed 2 concurrent Puppy Kindergarten classes (we didn't want to risk under-training him) and is halfway through Puppy II (just one class now). I'm proud to say he is one of the star pupils and learns very quickly. Commands he knows now include:
- Sit (tho he doesn't quite get the command if he's already lying down)
- Stay (ok, this one is still a work in progress, but it's not bad)
- Wait (also new, but he's good at it)
- Let's Go! (walk with me)
- Heel! (walk RIGHT next to me)
- Gentle (take this treat but leave my fingers intact, please)
- Come! (They say this is one of the most important and he gets it every time. The key? We use meat based baby food, aka puppy crack, as the reward.)
- Sunapee has graduated from puppy day care to beach trips when we're at work. The fine people who run this program say Sunapee is the only dog in the group they trust off leash because of the aforementioned Come! training.
- Sunapee has had all his shots and can now actually enjoy the parks, so now he gets to play fetch on the grass at Golden Gate Park until the cows come home.
- He has grown from ~18 lbs when we brought him home to over 45 lbs. His ears and paws have grown faster than the rest of him, but really, it makes him extra cute.
- He happily hops in the car to go anywhere and no longer tries to hop out of the crate top if it's open (see pic below). This is new and it cracks me up to look back and see his little head sticking out.
- Cats are still not fond of him but will occasionally get close enough that they sniff each other's noses.
- Sunapee is definitely social. He met his first baby on Sunday (pics to come) and didn't mind her pokes, didn't bring his teeth anywhere near her and just licked her face a few times, prodding her to push him away.
Tomorrow we're heading up to Mendocino, puppy in tow, for an anniversary get away. Fingers are crossed he behaves there as well as he does at home! Thankfully someone invented the travel crate.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I took the opportunity to make a lamb dish perfected by Betty Ann of "Bloomfield Gang" fame (or infamy, depending on which stories you've heard). It was a hit and I was lucky to have leftovers for a few lunches at work.
Lisa and Preston happily handed Olivia over to the childless to play with and Olivia liked petting the dog - as long as that pesky tongue didn't get her.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I just about keeled over last Sunday when Toby requested a Bud Light at Taylor's. I have never witnessed her drink anything but red wine or a cosmo. She states that she'll have 5 or 6 every summer when she's more in the mood for a refreshing beverage. I can appreciate that.