Sunday Morning Sunshine

I love sunny mornings.

Here in Southern California, we usually have an abundance of sunshine. This winter, however, has been colder than usual with plenty of gray days and rain.

This morning we awoke to the sunshine pouring through the windows. The skies are clear and it finally feels like spring.

Kona and I ventured to the local school and he spent the entire morning sniffing pretty much every blade of grass. We came across two little friends peeking into the school yard.

Feeling happy to share a little sunshine and gratitude from our corner of the world.

Thanks!

followed-blog-100-2xWe made it to 100!

Thank you to everyone who follows this blog and especially to the folks who take the time to comment on the adventures Kona, Pumpkin and Scout.

There are plenty of blogs out there with thousands of followers, but reaching 100 is pretty darn special to me.  Wags, woofs and purrs to all of our furry friends out there in blogger land!

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What’s Your Favorite Dog Toy?

Happy Labor Day!

Maybe every Monday should declared a holiday, what do you think? We’ll make it a world-wide day off to include everyone outside of the U.S. as well.

The Mister is working on his boat today, so Kona and I decided to do some dog-shopping. I’ve been promising Kona a new toy for a while now, since his favorite old squeaky bone has seen better days.

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Squeaky bone and I share many happy memories

This old bone is special because Kona got to pick it out. It was once covered with bright yellow tennis ball felt, but he tore the skin off and ate it.

We made our way to the local pet supply store, and as soon as we walked in, the man at the counter handed Kona a snack. Instant friends.

There were so many toys! Kona headed straight over to the Kong toys, and sniffed out his favorite giant squeaky bone. We moved over to the snack area next, where he licked some of the tasty treats on my way down the aisle.

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This is MY toy. I will bring it to you and growl when you try to grab it from me. Growl = grab bone and throw so I can fetch.

For now, until he drops it into something disgusting, this Kona’s inside toy.

What kind of dog toys do your pups like to play with? Do you have a favorite that you keep going back to again and again?

The Wait

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One of our favorite camping spots is in Julian, California. We woke up very early on this cold February morning and quietly spied on a group of wild turkeys hanging out near our motorhome. Kona was mesmerized.
Did you know that turkeys fly up into the trees at night to sleep? I didn’t know these big birds could fly until we heard them above us, gobbling to each other as the morning light crept in.

As they flew down and started strutting through our campground, Kona was itching to get out and chase them, but I wasn’t going to take a chance with those sharp beaks and massive talons. 

This turned out to be a special trip. Sharing space so close to the turkeys gave me a new appreciation of their intelligence and social skills. Listening to them calling back and forth to each other in the darkness of the trees was pretty special. I’m sure kona experienced his own kind of appreciation for these large birds.

 

A Back Bay Kind of Day

Yesterday Kona and I ventured out to the Back Bay in Newport Beach. The weather was perfect in the morning with just enough cloud cover to keep it cool, and plenty of new scents for Kona to investigate.

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We shared the road with joggers, walkers, and cyclists. Luckily, there are three lanes for each activity, so we didn’t bump into anybody. Next visit, to avoid the crowds, we’ll arrive earlier in the morning or come during the week.

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Unfortunately, I forgot dog treats, so getting Kona to look at me is going to take some doing. Kona’s rule: no treats, no lookie into camera.

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The Back Bay is officially the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve, and is a home for thousands of birds, many endangered. We saw some ducks, but strongly advised Kona against chasing them out of the water.

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There were many little wild flowers. I especially loved these white ones.

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Beautiful homes overlook the bluffs. This would be a perfect place to observe wildlife while the sun is rising or setting.DSC_0024

We headed back to the car just as the sun started to shine through the clouds.

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Overall, I’d say this was a very successful new adventure. I wouldn’t hesitate to make a return visit.

Cheers to a fabulous Sunday evening, friends!

~ Woofs and wags, Lori & Kona

Making Contact

I’m going to let you in on a dog photography trade secret. Kona’s been trying to teach me this for a while, and after many frustrating photo sessions with him refusing to look directly into the camera, I think I’ve finally gotten the hint.

Are you ready for the big secret?

TREATS

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TREATS

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NO TREATS

Yep. Dogs are a simple bunch. Eat, play, poop, pee, sniff. If you want them to look into your camera, show them the FOOD!

finally remembered to bring some cut up cheese on our last adventure and it was a SUCCESS! An all around win-win. I got eye contact, and Kona got a delicious treat. 🙂

Saturday Shopping at Pacific City

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Saturday morning is made for window-shopping at Pacific City.

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Though not all the stores are open yet, there are some really great restaurants and a wide variety of shops.

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One of my favorite stores.

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Kona’s favorite store. Well, not the bath part of it.

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This place smells great! Let’s go in! Hey, who’s that looking at me? She’s kinda cute…

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Just a little lick. They’ll never know.

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Which way is the beach? Are we going swimming now?

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The view from the restaurants isn’t too shabby.

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There’s plenty of outdoor seating available, and a few glass-fire pits for chillier evenings.

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Okay, okay I’ll look at the camera. Sheesh!

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Most of the stores were still closed so we got to peer in and snap lots of pics without disturbing anybody.

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Have a superb Saturday, friends!

 

What Kind of Dog is She?

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What am I? I’m just a dog who loves his humans. Woof!

I get asked this question frequently when go out with Kona. More often than not, folks assume he’s a girl, because he’s so pretty.

When I found him on adopt-a-pet, he was categorized as an Australian Shepherd and Border Collie mix. My previous dog was this same mix, only black, white and tan. Kona has the same body shape and “feathers” as his Border Collie cousins, though he has yet to show any interest in herding – just chasing squirrels and cats.

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Border Collie

He also has the Aussie / Border Collie pigeon-toed gait that (which is adorable).

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Australian Shepherd

I’ve had two people at dog beach insist that he is definitely an English Shepherd, which is a breed I had never heard of until they mentioned it. I looked it up, and the similarity is striking. The dog in this photo has the same “blocky” head as me.

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English Shepherd

One day a dog trainer approached us and asked if Kona was a Duck Tolling Retriever. We thought he was kidding, but he explained that this is an actual breed of dog that instinctively frolics back and forth along the shores of lakes to attract curious ducks, drawing them out of the water so the duck hunter can shoot.

Interestingly enough, Kona LOVES the water and does frolic playfully along the shore. Mum looked this breed up, and we do indeed look similar.

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Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

A neighbor of mine who used to own a Siberian Husky is convinced that he is part Siberian Husky. She explained that of all the huskies, only the Siberian’s carry the gene for blue eyes. After observing him playing with other Huskies, he does have the same almond-shaped, blue eyes, rimmed with black eyeliner.

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Siberian Husky

I suppose the only way we can really know what “he is” is to get a DNA test. Part of me wants to know, but the other part wants to continue enjoying the mystery (and I’m hesitant to fork out the money for the test). I don’t really care one way or another. The bottom line is, I adore my pup no matter what my DNA says.

 

Dogs in the ‘hood

We are fortunate to live in a neighborhood of dog enthusiasts. Our house is across the street from an elementary school with a large fenced-in grass area, which turns into an unofficial dog park in the evenings and weekends.

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Since I tend to be somewhat introverted, Kona plays a key role in helping me get to know the neighbors. It’s really a win-win situation, because the dogs get to build their social skills as well.

Getting to know my neighbors and their dogs continues to be a rewarding experience. I have come to appreciate dog folks – they really are a special breed!

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