Happy Holidays!

 

The three of us taking a stroll on Thompson Ave. in Alameda, CA. Klondike encountered a real polar bear, probably for the first time. Happy Holidays!
クリスマスの飾り付けに熱心な住宅街を見にうちから車で20分くらいの場所へ。シロクマは本物のシロクマと対面。みなさん今年も一年ありがとうございました。

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EXCLUSIVE REPORT!!! Authentic Photos!!! Klondike Weekend Activities!!!

Mr. Klondike agreed to let a photographer from Klondikenews.com accompany him during some of his public outings this weekend.

Saturday he journeyed to Point Isabel for some quality time with his close friend Kizzie and for a brisk run followed by a martial arts workout and a swim

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Sunday was a trip to Strawberry Canyon for a mountain stroll and quick meet-and-greet with some younger members of his fan club

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Klondike’s Day Without Immigrants

 

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Klondike discusses May 1, A Day Without Immigrants, with Zing’s owner’s mom, who had stopped by to put up a sign explaining why it was closed.

Klondike’s favorite local coffee shop is far and away Zing Cafe. Family run with great drinks, fair prices and, most importantly of all, frequently a small scrap of cheese for Mr. Klondike, Klondike’s favorite morning walks include a stop at Zing. So do his peoples’.

 

Klondike was disappointed and then thrilled to stop by Zing this morning and see it closed.

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Disappointed, of course, because it put a dent in his post breakfast, cheese treat acquisition plan. Thrilled because as proud descendent of hard working, Basque-speaking livestock guards from the Pyrenees mountains, between France and Spain, he is well aware of how much immigrants contribute to making America great and was thrilled to support May 1st, A Day Without Immigrants. He would have been more thrilled to support A Day Without Immigrants if that support had included cheese, but he made the sacrifice.

 

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Zing is on Adeline Street, one block from Asby Street and a three-minute walk from Asby BART. Great place. If you are ever in South Berkeley check it out Click here for a map. 

 

Making Friends and Assessing Storm Damage at Strawberry Canyon

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Strawberry Canyon is a great walk, a beautiful view, good exercise, and less than twenty minutes from the house. But for some reason, we hadn’t visited since it started raining heavily in October. OK, that reason was a very steep section that bipedal members of the Bill-Klondike team didn’t feel like dealing with when covered with mud. But still, four months is way too long without a visit, so Klondike and I took advantage of a ‘paws’ between showers to show up yesterday.

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Perhaps because he hadn’t been there for a while, perhaps because the cool air and light sprinkle may have reminded him of his ancestral home in the Pyreneese mountains, Klondike was in a fine mood, brimming with energy.

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There were tons of fallen trees along the trail, victims of prolonged drought and then torrential rains.

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An underappreciated benefit of these rains is the opportunity for Klondike to put on black fashion socks (which can also decorate the interior of the car and house), and me to appreciate my waterproof hiking boots.

Of course, one of the best parts of these walks is making new friends. Klondike has high standards and only hangs out with the really cool dogs, but Willow, a nine-month-old puppy, clearly made the cut. Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Canyon, February 19, 2017.

Everyday’s An Awesome Day

A few snapshots of Mr. Klondike and his friends at the Albany Bulb, one of Klondike’s favorite walk spots.

The pictures were taken around noon by Cynthia, Mr. Klondike’s dog walker.

Before setting out with Cynthia, Klondike enjoyed a delicious egg breakfast, then an early morning walk with Mieko. Then to get his energy back for his noon walk he took a post-after-breakfast-walk nap. After hanging with Cynthia and his pals he came home and got a bone, which he explained was necessary to get into the right frame of mind for his mind afternoon nap. Of course, Klondike quickly demolished the bone and took his afternoon nap. After the afternoon nap, it was time to refresh his strength with dinner, and then set out on an evening patrol of the neighborhood with Bill.

 

 

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日々是好日

シロクマ通信です。

日々是好日のクロンダイク、またもや大満足の一日でした。いつものアルバニーバルブのビーチでお馴染みの仲間たちとたっぷり遊び、家へ帰っておやつの骨にかぶりつき、たっぷり昼寝をしてからまた夕方の散歩に出ました。朝も軽く近所を偵察して回ったので今日は散歩3回です。

適度な運動、仲間たちとの楽しい時間、健康的な食事。なんてうらまやしいライフスタイル。

今日の写真は散歩屋さんのシンシアが撮ってくれました。こうやって私たちと一緒でないときシロクマが何してるのか見せてくれてありがとう!

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Klondike’s Christmas Trip – 2016 Edition

newterritory-xmas2016Again this year, Klondike, Mieko, and Bill made the drive from Berkeley to San Diego to spend Christmas with The Audrey, Klondike’s honorary grandma.

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The trip was a leisurely nine days from start to finish, leaving Berkeley for La Jolla on December 22, stopping in Santa Barbara both coming and going, and finally returning home on December 30th.

The weather was great the entire time. We hit some moderate rain in Southern California on the 30th, but other than that, the only other rain was late at night, when we are all safely indoors. Klondike was also better used to long drives so while of course we did walks and park explorations, we didn’t feel the need to give him a break every few hours.

Here are some trip highlights, in very roughly chronological order

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Most people don’t know it, but science has proven that Pyrenees are mammal-reptile hybrids, created by mixing wolf and dinosaur DNA. We stopped at Dinosaur Caves Park at Pismo Beach and in their dinosaur-themed playground Klondike was able to reenact his own hatching from a life-like Pyrenees egg.

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And speaking of Dinosaur Caves Park at Pismo Beach, the three of us at sunset.

No Velociraptors emerged but had they done so I’m sure Klondike would have protected us. Unless said Velociraptors offered him cheese, in which case Klondike would need to give the situation some serious thought.

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Klondike immediately recognized The Goodlands, the dog-friendly Santa Barbara hotel we stayed in last year, and immediately headed to the reception desk to ask about a welcoming bouquet treats. The receptionist is honored but just a little surprised.

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Still at The Goodlands and…

Where’s Klondike!! Anyone seen Klondike?

Klondike isn’t allowed on our bed at home (up until recently, he wasn’t even allowed in our bedroom), so the above is very much a vacation treat. Which he seems have thoroughly enjoyed.

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We’re in La Jolla now. Here’s Mieko and Klondike on Christmas morning,  right next to Scripps pier at the La Jolla Shores, a few miles down the hill from where I grew up.

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Later on, Christmas morning, opening presents at my mom’s house.

Klondike is taking a break while waiting his turn to open a gift, but not too exhausted to spend time near The Audrey, his grandmother. The Audrey’s house is usually occupied by Parker, a cat. However, to accommodate Mr. Klondike, Parker was kind enough to spend his Christmas at a hotel, the absolutely incredible Helen Woodward Club Pet Boarding Center to be specific. We are grateful to The Audrey for the accommodation and apologize to Parker for any inconvenience.

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Klondike posing with one of his gifts, cow ears. He usually gets much smaller pig and sheep ears, so these are a great treat.

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Klondike got into the holiday spirit by generating his own snow. We’re talking massive shed. To avoid just carpeting my mom’s house, we were brushing him 2-3 times a day. What you see above was a pretty typical yield from any of the daily brushings.

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This is the once clean back of the car looked after about a week.

The black and white strap you see above, attached to the shoulder belt in the top right, is attached to a yellow and black carabiner, which then clips to a shoulder harness we put on Klondike when driving. I figure in case of a sudden stop, a hundred pounds of Klon flying through the cabin would be bad for everyone.

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Another shot at the La Jolla Shores. Beautiful dog, beautiful ocean, beautiful beach, not so sure about the restricted hours notice or my Santa hat.

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The La Jolla Cove, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Too bad about all the regulations…

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Regulations that do not overly impress Klondike. Apparently, these rules have been in place for years and years, but I just noticed them for the first time on this trip.

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Unleashed at La Jolla Village Center. Klondike figures pet supply store + counter = treats on demand. He’s pretty much right. Note that Klondike seals the deal with a double handshake.

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Meet The Real Pyre Paws of Orange County, our Pyre peers and their pyres. A great chance to vibe with our tribe.This shot is from the Irvine Spectrum Center, a huge and beautiful outdoor shopping center where we had dinner. Klondike is the one with the short fur, next to the

This shot is from the Irvine Spectrum Center, a huge and beautiful outdoor shopping center where we had dinner. Klondike is the amused looking dog with the short fur, next to the hunkalicious gentleman in gray.

Through Facebook, we’d gotten to friends with a member of the group and then got to know the group itself.  Since Orange County was right on the way back to Berkeley our friend set up a dinner for us and the group. It was great. Wonderful people, wonderful hospitality, wonderful dogs, lots for people to talk about, and for dogs to sniff at.

Of course, being in the middle of a busy shopping mall we were surrounded by Paparazzi. “Can I pet your dog?” “What kind of dog is that?” “What a huge lab!” and so on. But I think no one minded, and some of our friends, like Klondike, enjoyed the attention.

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And speaking of Puparazzi,  Klondike in front of Old Mission Santa Barbara.
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Klondike vouging on an old bench in the mission courtyard.

And that, ladies and gentleman, was our 2016 Christmas trip.

Last year when we did this trip Klondike was  wiped out for two days after returning, but this time he was a little sleepy for a day or so and then back to full power. I think he’s getting the hang of car trips.

Stay tuned for a summary review of dog parks visited during the trip, and have a wonderful 2017.

2016年、年の瀬旅行

シロクマ通信です。
明けましておめでとうございます。今年もよろしくお願いいたします。

恒例の年末犬連れ旅行の写真集です。

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家のある北カリフォルニアのバークレーから、おばあゃんちのある南カリフォルニアのラホヤまで車の旅。出発から帰宅まで9日間。去年も同じことをしたので準備が楽とはいえ、けっこう長いです。

寒さの心配はあんまりいらない冬のカリフォルニアですが雨の心配は必要で、出発当日も雲行きを心配していたのですが全行程直撃されずに済みました。犬も車に慣れて、途中ストップの数も少なめでOK。

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ではハイライトのみ順不同でご覧下さい〜。

20161222-2IMG_8734.jpgピスモビーチの恐竜パークで卵から生まれてみる図。

20161222-8IMG_3762.jpg同じくピスモビーチ、夕暮れ。

20161222-14img_3784サンタバーバラで犬OKのホテルへチェックイン。去年来たのを覚えていたのか早速カウンターでおやつを要求。お姉さん、ちょっとびびってますね。

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白いシーツにまぎれてどこに犬がいるのかわからない!

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クリスマスの朝。ビルの実家そばのスクリップスピアで。この犬が入ると写真が必ず素敵になる。

20161225-57IMG_3978.jpg同じくクリスマスの朝。プレゼントを開いているおばあちゃんの横でくつろぎまくってます。いびきかいてたかも。ここんちには猫がいるのですがクロンダイクが来るというので猫ホテルに預けてくれて本当にありがたかったです。

20161225-44img_3919b犬がもらったプレゼント。牛の耳です。普段は羊の耳や豚の耳しか買ってもらっていないのでこれは大きい! 万歳!

IMG_9904.JPGちょうど換毛期でタンスの中身全取っ替えですか、みたいなペースで毛が抜ける。おばあちゃんちを毛だらけにしないために日に何度もブラッシングしてるんだけど追いつかない。

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見苦しい写真で申し訳ありませんが、一週間でこんな感じになります。とんでもないです。あっという間に人間も毛だらけに。

20161225-41IMG_3889b.jpgなんだと? 犬はビーチで遊んじゃいけないだと? 今回、こういう事情でクロンダイクがガッカリする場面がいくつかありました。これはラホヤ・ショアーズ。

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ラホヤ・コーブの散歩。すばらしく素敵な場所なんですが…。

IMG_9943b.jpgまたもや犬ダメの表示。去年も来ているのに気づかなかったのか? 今年は表示が増えたのかも。ガッカリ。

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握手してます。ペット用品店+カウンター=おやつ。クロンダイク的常識。

img_0054アーバインのスペクトラムという巨大モールのセルフィー用クリスマス的背景と思われる場所で。白くてふわふわな皆さんは南カリフォルニアのピレネー犬のグループ。ほぼ真ん中にいる毛の短いのがクロンダイクです。うちの犬の毛が長かったらと想像すると気絶しそうになります。犬種ごとの集まりは共通の話題がたっくさんあっていいです。犬たちはみんなおっとり。この話は別エントリでまた。

img_0120サンタバーバラ教会で新しいお友達を作っているとパパラッチに取り囲まれた、という場面。クロンダイクにとっては日常的によくあるシーンです。

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こんな感じです。家へもどると、去年は疲労困憊して丸2日寝ていた犬なのですが、今年は一日で復活。成長が感じられてうれしいです。

今年もよろしくお願いいたします。