Dog Days of Summer at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

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We woke up to bright sunshine this morning, instead of the usual June gloom. I decided it was a perfect day to hike the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. Kona agreed.

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Kona seemed to enjoyed exploring new scents from the multitude of critters that pass through this reserve, and like clockwork, sneaks away from me to get a quick roll on a dead bird when my back is turned. Dead birds = stinky puppy.

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There is usually a wide variety of birds hanging out next to the water’s edge, ranging from beautiful cranes to predatory hawks and vultures.

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The wetlands have a unique beauty. I love the huge, rusty old oil pumps seesawing slowly, groaning and squeaking. Growing up in Huntington Beach, these were always a part of the urban scenery.

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Cactus bloom is a part of the indigenous landscape.

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Sunshine with a cool breeze. All-in-all it was a lovely afternoon spent with my boy.

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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!

 

Dog Day Afternoon, Ocean Style

On this fine Saturday morning Kona and I started off to Dog Beach. As we were cursing along Coast Highway, the traffic became thick with brake lights and people were swarming the are. Oh crap. I finally realized it was the final weekend of the US Surf Open.

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Luckily, we got through downtown without a glitch and found great parking. This guy found great parking too.

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Good ol’ Ruby’s Diner. Back when I was a kid it was The End Cafe, before it was destroyed by huge waves in 1983.

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No, bub, I’m not following you into the water just yet.

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Harbor Patrol keeping it safe.

DSC_0021Remember what happened last time you drank salt water? Highly undesirable after-effects.

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Rottie-love.

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C’mon already! It’s time to get wet!

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Pretty houses on the way back to the car.

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More pretty houses. Some were empty! Do people actually live here?

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 Cheers to a fabulous weekend!

She’s Breaking out the Camera Again…

It’s been a bumpy couple of days. Yesterday, I took Kona to the vet because he was throwing up and his eyes were swollen.

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Turns out he was having an allergic reaction, so the doc gave him a shot of Benadryl and we were on our way. Kona came home and crashed in his bed, sleepy from the meds.

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Oh, no. Mom’s got that black box stuck to her face again. 

This morning, Kona’s back to normal, and I’m inspired to start taking pictures again.

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Camera time. *Sigh*

Pumpkin and Scout are pretty excited about my rediscovered passion for photography 🙂

Raw Food Follow Up

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It’s been a little over a month since I started Kona on his raw food diet. I’m pleased to report that he is scratching much less, and the skin on his belly is no longer red and inflamed. He only licks his paws occasionally, whereas before he was licking them raw. His “corn chip” stinky dog smell is almost gone as well, though he is still getting weekly baths.

All in all I’d say the raw diet seems to be making a difference. Of course, I can’t back it up scientifically, but I do see that my pup is slowly getting back to his goofy, playful self for the first time in a long time.

The folks at the Dinovite website suggest maintaining the no-carb diet for at least three months to get rid of the yeast, so I’m going to keep this going. If Kona continues to improve, I’ll gradually start adding cooked white rice to extend his food supply.

I suppose the real test of success will come next summer, as the humidity rises and the fleas start hatching. Hopefully by then Kona’s immune system will be strong and his itch-free season will continue throughout the year.