Mr. Klondike spent Saturday busily expanding his territory to include the beautiful, bohemian and often brainy beach town of Santa Cruz, home of University of California at Santa Cruz, a famed boardwalk, incredible beaches (including one where Hawaiian royalty fare first said to have introduced surfing to the mainland) and a good handful of tech startups. Just goes to show that Santa Cruz Pier isn’t a famous wharf and boardwalk, it’s a misspelling of a great breed!
Mr. Klondike Meets, Greets, and Speaks With His Fans Along The Route
Post March Group Shot
After the parade, Klondike and his support staff enjoyed delicious cookies (OK, Klondike got some cheese) and hospitality (thanks for Patti and Richard) and at the home of a Santa Cruz Pyre family, and of course some great conversation.
And then, it was time to move onto one of Santa Cruz’s famed dog beaches, Lighthouse Field. Unfortunately, Mr. Klondike’s support staff had never been there before, and the map on Yelp was less than precise, so the excursion included an extra couple of miles of walking, but the weather was just perfect, and there were some cookies to be burned off. It was a great beach, by the way. Beautiful and full of friendly dogs and people. There seemed to be plenty of parking. Here’s a map.
Klondike Enjoying The Beach And Making New Friends
Yes! It’s True!!! Mr. Klondike will join his friends at West Coast Pyrenees to walk in the annual Santa Cruz Christmas Parade. The parade is from 10:00 am to noon and runs down beautiful Pacific Avenue. Admission is absolutely free.
Do not miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Mr. Klondike, himself, in person, live!!! And who knows, if there is time at the end of the parade, autographs and pictures may be available.
Temperatures are forecast to be between 50 and 60 degrees so dress warmly unless of course, you are a Pyrenees. If you are a Pyrenees you would probably consider the temperature to be something between nicely crisp to a bit warm.
What’s even better than a dip in the Pacific Ocean followed by a dirt bath on an unusually warm November’s day? Here’s an idea!!! Not falling off a 15-foot vertical drop onto rocks while doing it!!! And yet again, Klondike’s recall training saved everyone from a very bad day. Of course, Klondike utterly unaware of his close brush with gravity or mine with cardiac arrest.
And here’s some pure dogish joy on a Wag ‘n Trails hike in Wildcat Canyon. And this time without any major drama, though the rain left everyone muddy and soaked. The slender white dog you see to Kondike’s right is Barney, who is half Pyranese.
Klondike, Mieko (holding camera) and I heading out to Lake Merritt.
Lake Merritt is not a bad way to walk a paved 3.5 miles. It’s beautiful, convenient, and is broken into sections, all feeling very different. Since it’s often crowded with people, bikes, skateboards, we don’t go very often, but our walk today was great. That’s Mieko and Klondike underneath the sign for Fairyland. Built in the 1950s, Fairyland is a small amusement park located by the side of the lake and aimed exclusively at young kids. Apparently, when first built Fairyland had a small train that went around part of the lake.
As many of you are aware, Mr. Klondike is the first Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd/Polar Bear Mix to have won an Emmy as their first major motion picture award and gone on the same year to win Academy Awards for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay. He’s taken those talents and used them to produce not one one, but two ninety second videos!
The first video is an exploration of his friendship with Kizzie, a Dutch Shepherd. Based on actual encounters, Klondike Kizzie Highly Video 2016 uses a montage of short interactions to tell the story. Mr. Klondike is expecting this video to win first place on at Sundance, Cannes and The Oscars. It has already been nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Use Of Snout, and Most Realistic Pausing Play To Get A Treat In A Documentary.
Today’s second feature is an expose on play between Mr. Klondike and a new friend, a Dane by the name of Bailey (no relationship to the WKRP character). Academy Awards expected include Best Play Growling and Most Realistic Collision of Two Hundred Plus Pounds of Dog.
This weekend (7/30-7/31) one of Klondike’s usual off-leash playgrounds, Cesar Chavez Park, morphed into the annual Berkeley Kite Festival. Kites and the scent of fair food filled the air, booths, people and well, food, some of it dropped roasted meat, filled the sidewalk. I bet you can figure out Klondike’s focus.
Stopped by at a booth run by some friends from the Japanese community. They have incredible large format kites up every year. Klondike managed to sample their grilled chicken. He wonders if he could have some more, please.
Klondike getting attention from new friends. Always. 新しいお友だちです。
Shuttle bus back to the parking lot. We think this was Klondike’s first bus ride. He acted like he did it all the time. バスなんていつも乗ってるぜ、みたいな態度で特設駐車場まで行くクロンダイク。
Check out the Pyre on a pier! Just before leaving we walked out on an empty small boat launch near the remote parking lot. What a beautiful day. 特設駐車場の隣のボート船着き場。いい日でした。
Klondike enjoying his brand new Big Barker bed, a birthday gift from us. That’s a large bed; they also make a XL and a giant size. 疲れて昼寝。このベッドはつい先日のお誕生日のプレゼントでした。前のやつはぺしゃんこにへたってしまっていたので。
Mr Klondike was on routine patio nap patrol around noon yesterday when two racoons, probably a mother and child, appeared in the yard. Racoons that Mr. Klondike had politely asked previously to abstain from visits to his yard. A request that these racoons, probably lured by catfood that neighbours on both sides leave out, chose to ignore.
So severe was the rudeness of these racoons that Mr. Klondike got up from his nap, dashed to the fence and pinned the adult down using his jaws while the juvenile got over the fence. According to Mieko, who saw the whole thing, Klondike held the adult for a few seconds then released it, and walked into the kitchen, seemingly very pleased with himself.
However… Mr Klondike’s front right pinkie toe was bleeding a little, and he was missing a small patch of fur on his left front foot. These injuries looked minor to me. But the notion of a racoon being active at noon also seemed odd. And I couldn’t tell where the injuries came from – had he been bitten? Scratched? Just slammed his toe into the fence or the planter in front of it? My friend the dog certainly didn’t seem in any distress, but his right front foot did seem very sensitive to touch.
I called his regular (and most excellent) health care providers at Kensington Animal Hospital, sent them a few pictures and they agreed he should probably come in, and had an appointment at 2:30. Klondike was seen by Dr. Yip. Dr. Yip also couldn’t be sure of the source of the wound, even after shaving around the toes, but in an abundance of caution gave him
Antibiotic & pain med
Also, since he was just about due anyway, Klondike bonus scored
Heartworm prevention meds
Flea and tick prevention medicine
Here’s a short video of Klondike and his good friend Kizzy from the dog park yesterday evening. I’d say his foot fine.
PS: Just received the following from a super smart and well informed (not to mention well organized, kind and involved) neighbor. Too useful for anyone with a dog west of the Mississippi not to share:
Happy 2nd Birthday (with us) Klondike! From today, he is going to be “between 3 and 4.” As has become our tradition, dinner was shared for this special occasion. He had two of these beautiful lamb shoulder blade chops (1 lb total) raw, of course. Disappeared in about 30 seconds for each piece. Our dinner, smaller pieces cooked medium rare and some veggies.
Klondike and Willie, an 18-month-old Black Lab/Great Dane mix, pull out the stops at Cesar Chavez dog park this evening. Let’s just say we had an exhausted dog when we got home.
The vocalizations you hear in this video are entirely real, not edited in or enhanced. And they aren’t threatening. But they are a great reminder of just how scary and aggressive play growls can sound to the uninitiated (and even experienced) human ear.