Thursday, August 10, 2017

Duke's First Trail Adventure

Duke finally had his last round of shots and is ready to get out of the house.  He is so full of energy, he needs lots of exercise beyond what the yard can offer.  No matter how long the walk, he just never seems to tire.  Brian took him for a run and that didn't even phase him.  So, yesterday Emma and I took him out on the trail.  We had been waiting for a break in the heat, and we held steady at 80 yesterday.  Now, 80 at home, and 80 on the mountain do not feel the same at all. The mountain always feels hotter because of how the sun reflects right back up at you.  It did the trick.  Not too hot, but hot enough that it wore Duke out.  We only did a 2 mile loop, and he drank water 4 times, even though he was unsure of his portable water bowl. Overall, he did well, and I can see him quickly becoming a good trail companion!  We headed out of Borges Ranch so as to steer clear of Diablo property, where dogs are not allowed.

 So far he's equal parts curious, and timid.  He's very interested in things in the air.  Planes and turkey vultures are fascinating to him. Above he was listening and looking for the turkey vultures that were circling above.
 Above, he has our family gene for being fascinated with the sweet smell of horse poop.
 Hard to make out but there are quail in the above picture and Duke was quite amused by the noises they make.

 So he shows he's timid or alerted to something by sitting.  It took us a minute to figure this out.  Here, he had 2 deer off to his right, and 2 hikers ahead of him on the trail.  He wanted no part of either, and just sat down.  Once the hikers were out of site, we got him moving again.

I love our little dogs, but I gotta say, it's nice to have Duke! In a few short months he's going to be a big sturdy boy, and he'll be a blast to have out here on the trails!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


 I had to post a pic of the awesome piece of wood the kids found while at Shasta.  It was on the beach where we tried to write out the message with wood....and now it's on my mantle!

And below are a few current pictures of Duke.  He's already sooo long.

 Above, that's major progress. Kona and Duke are touching.  Kona's not big on young rowdy pups, and Duke is pretty rowdy, jumpy, old furry man isn't amused.
 And here, Sam is recovering from a traumatic morning.   He caught a squirrel who fought back hard by biting his nose and lip.  Brian got him in the house, not realizing anything happened, and he came up to me dripping blood. (ps. he had his rabies shot within the past 6 months).

And with that.....we wrap up Summer of 2017.  Sophie starts back with a mentoring program on Monday.  She's in 8th grade, and will be mentoring a group of incoming 6th graders, and has training Monday and Tuesday, then to work Thursday.  Emma also has her walk thru next week to get her schedule and planner, etc. You know what that means?? Football season is around the corner!

Summer - Batch 4

Almost caught up.  We came home from the boat on a Friday and had been tossing around a kids mud run the following day.  We were kinda waiting to see how the boat trip went and how we all felt after coming home.  We were actually not worn out but pretty refreshed, which is always a nice way to feel after a vacation!  So Saturday we headed back over to Sacramento for a kids obstacle and mud run.  While I could not do the obstacles, I did run it with Myles. was hot.  We were in a 9:30 wave...and it was hot.  I hoped there would be mud right away...but the last 2 obstacles had mud, the rest were dry.  There were 2 water stations, which even with a short race, were needed cuz, was hot.

 That's Sophie and Emma coming towards us, dragging up a hill....which was hot : )

 We caught up with Emma, who, no surprise, had taken a fall off the cargo net and her tailbone hurt when she would try to run.

 Finally, water! I expected them to lay down in there as the balls were floating in water, but they just walked through.


The water tanker back there was attached to hoses, so they were able to clean off before we headed home! Good times.

Summer - Batch 3

 So all summer was really leading up to our big houseboat trip to celebrate Nancy and Larry's 50th anniversary. (Brian's folks)

Below, that looks like a suit case, but it's filled with ice and a big cake that we couldn't fit in a cooler.

 Once we drove up there, we tried to make a message they'd be able to see from the boat -

 At night we'd head up to the top deck to watch the meteor shower, which was amazing every night.
 It was a nice, big boat.  There were 6 private bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
 After coffee every morning, I'd jump in for a morning swim.
 You could drive from the bottom or top deck.
 Hot tub which was cold water and really nice during the day when we were cruising from spot to spot.

 Below is the view from Brian and my bedroom.

 These are pics of the docking for the night process.
 Once we were docked, it was time to either jump off the top deck, or shoot down the slide.

 After dinner it was game time.

 Cousins off in search of fish.
 Brian cooking up steak and chicken.

 The above game was terrible. I got spoiled milk, and then rotten egg. I was done after that.
 This game was a hoot, though. You roll a dice and have to turn the clicker that number of times and hope you don't spring the hand.

This trip was last week, Monday thru Friday.  It was a blast. It was really a treat to have Brian and his sibs together and all the kid cousins. Definitely the highlight of the summer!