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Christmas Santa Cruzing With Mr. Klondike

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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!

The morning started with the annual Santa Cruz Christmas Parade Staring Klondike and West Coast Great Pyrenees Rescue.

 

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  In the Staging Area

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Mr. Klondike Meets, Greets, and Speaks With His Fans Along The Route

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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.

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Klondike Enjoying The Beach And Making New Friends

 

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Spring showers  may bring May flowers, but  Fall rain brings deadly pain.   Poison  mushrooms lethal to dogs all over East Bay Parks.

 

Please see the full article in The Livermore Patch here.

A Klondike Double Feature

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.

 

Berkeley Kite Festival バークレー・カイト・フェスティバル

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.
シロクマ通信です。毎年恒例の凧揚げ大会。いつも登場する犬が走り回っているのと同じ海際の公園ですが、この週末はこんなことに。百聞は一見にしかずということで写真でお見せします。
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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.
日本の大型凧もあります(上がってる写真がなくてすみません…)。お友だちたくさん。焼きおにぎり、チキン、イカ、コーン、などなどごちそうさまでした〜! クロンダイクも落っこちてるチキンを味見。IMG_0114s

Klondike getting attention from new friends. Always. 新しいお友だちです。IMG_0131s

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。 IMG_9011s

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。IMG_9018s

 

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。IMG_0093s

それではまた〜!

Mr. Klondike Klomps a Racoon!

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Mr Klondike and Dr. Yip

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.

 

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Left front foot. A little fur loss but zero breaks in the skin

 

 

 

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Left Front foot. It’s hard to see in this photo, but there are two small wounds at 12 and 3 0’clock. Tiny scratches? Penetration wounds? Even the vet couldn’t be totally sure

 

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

  • Rabies booster
  • Antibiotic & pain med
  • Anti-inflammatories

 

Also, since he was just about due anyway, Klondike  bonus scored
  • Heartworm prevention meds
  • Flea and tick prevention medicine
  • Lepto Vaccine

 

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:

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Walk Report: Fernandez Ranch

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There is a MeetUp based dog hiking group calls Wags n Trails Klondike and I have been wanting to join. This past Sunday morning Klondike was able to make some time and we joined Wags n Trails for one of their easier walks, a 3.72 mile, 105 minute medium paced loop through Fernandez Ranch, a public recreation area maintained by John Muir Land Trust, between Hercules and Martinez, roughly 25 miles north east of  Berkeley.

 A Good Walk

  • It was great to be out walking with a ten other devoted dog owners and their well cared for, well trained, much loved dogs
  • At less than two hours and just under four miles, this was a nice, medium sized hike accessible to most people and their dogs
  • There was a serene quiet and sense of space hard to get at even the best walks closer to the city
  • Lots of flora and fauna and a good mixture of environments – open plains, hills (nothing too outrageous), switchbacks  and swimming opportunities, which of course Mr. Klondike did not waste. The park brochure promises:

Breathtaking views await at the top of the Whipsnake Trail and kids can have a giggle rambling the hills and meadows looking for a variety of bugs, beetles and animal tracks. You may even catch a glimpse of a rare animal or two, including the endangered Alameda whipsnake, the California red-legged frog and maybe an American badger. But keep a keen eye out for the whipsnake — despite the two bright yellow stripes on its back, it is shy and hard to spot.

At dawn and dusk, the meadows at Fernandez Ranch come alive! Deer emerge from the woods and coyotes howl to one another. Oak-studded slopes and freshwater wetlands give way to Rodeo Creek, whose banks are cloaked in Coast live oak. In the springtime, poppies, lupine and the threatened Mount Diablo sunflower — which only grows in Contra Costa County — blanket the ranch in vibrant color.

  • Dogs officially allowed off leash
  • Trails are well marked – you shouldn’t get lost
  • Parking is not an issue

Of Course, It’s Not Perfect

  • The flora and fauna include lots of ticks, and we saw a rattlesnake. Neither was a problem – the rattlesnake was happy to get away from us and, probably due to his thick fur, Klondike only got one tick which was easily removed. Still, you definitely want to be aware of both. For ticks, by the way, consensus on the trail was that this is the product to get.
  • With traffic on a weekday, Fernandez Ranch can be 90 minutes from Berkeley, and possibly as much as two and a half hours from San Francisco. Without traffic it’s just 25 minutes from Berkeley. On a weekday, I’d skip the drive and head for the more accessible Inspiration Point , Strawberry Canyon,  or the always awesome Roberts Recreation Area. On a weekend, absolutely, yes, worth it.
  • Bicycles and horses are allowed on the trail, though we didn’t see any
  • Little or no cell phone reception except in the parking lot

Klondike Walk Score: 84%

Important Notes

Water is not available on the trail, there is no trash disposal on the trail and there are no restrooms on the trail. I would absolutely suggest bringing water for you and your dog. We went on a fairly cool morning (low 70’s) and really wanted it.

Printed maps weren’t available so I’d definitely suggest downloading the map below and printing out. Thanks Jenny B for pointing this out!

Access

Here is a Google link for driving directions. The official address is 1081 Christie Road, Martinez, CA, 94553. For those of your who enjoy such things, here‘s the Google Earth satellite view

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You will take this exit from Highway 4 to Christie Road. Note it is right before the rusty bridge and easy to miss.
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Entrance to the park is also a bit easy to miss. It is the third opportunity to turn right, the first two being a gate to a private house and what looks like a gated private road. It is 0.6 miles from where you leave the freeway.

 

Route And Pictures

FINAL MAP FOR WRITE-UP
Route is shown in orange highlighter. Click here for PDF map.
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Klondike happily trots across the bridge connecting parking and picnic area with trailhead
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Over the bridge and officially on the Windmill trail!
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This shady, covered area is right near the trailhead and where the walk offically began
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Along the Windmill trail
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The group in line. Don’t worry – it’s cool to open the cattle gates, just close them again
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More Windmill
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Whipsnake hits Windmill here
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Klondike reminds you: Fork to the left to take Whipsnake for just a little bit before hitting Woodrat. He also reminds you: the word is Whipsnake, a reptile, much as your eye wants to read the sign as Whisper. People language is so hard.
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And… we turn from Whipsnake onto Woodrat
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Klondike did not go into the pond on the left, unlike another dog, but did available himself of a swim opportunity a little further down the trail.
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Fork to the left, over the bridge, and you are back on Whipsnake and heading up toward the trailhead. Klondike has warned me to keep my lens cleaner. Sorry Mr. Klondike.
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This is one of a few switchbacks on Whipsnake. A well named trail.
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Another cattle gate. Just open and close as you go through
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Whipsnake pretty much turns into Black Phobes
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From Black Phobes it’s less than 10 minutes to the trailhead
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Klondike chilling in the shade, adjacent to the parking lot,  with his water bowl (after a tick check)
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Thanks Fernandez Ranch! It was nice meeting you, we’ll be back!

クロンダイクの肖像画

 

シロクマ通信です。

すごいものをいただいてしまいました。市民犬クロンダイクの肖像画。見てください、この拡張高い絵。

画家はおなじみのスパの担当者というか犬洗い屋さんというか、海水浴と泥んこゴロゴロで別犬になってしまうたびクロンダイクを真っ白に戻していてくれた素晴らしい人で、ケイトさんと言います。ポイントイサベルの付属の犬洗い屋兼カフェMud Puppy’sにほとんど常駐していた人です。

シロクマと共に顔を出したら彼女が我々を見つけて「あのね、こんなものを作ったのだけれど、もらってくれますか?」と。差し出されたのがコレなわけです。

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あまりのことにびっくりして、私は言葉を失いました。ケイトさんはマッドパピーズをやめて絵に集中したいのだと言いました。

この絵、チャッチャと描ける絵じゃあありません。シロクマの耳が左右対称じゃないところ、睫毛が真っ白なところ、首のあたりの皮が余っていて(狼などに攻撃されてもダメージが少ないように)ちょっとたっぷりしているところ。夏の間はほとんど毎週のように洗ってくれていたのでクロンダイクを隅々まで知っているといえばそうですが、技術と知識だけでなく愛情がないと描けない絵です。モデルより少し絵のほうが貴族っぽく立派になってるところがいかにも肖像画でニクイじゃあありませんか。

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ケイトさん、どうもありがとうございます。大切に大切にします。シロクマはわかってないかもしれないけれど、良く言って聞かせます。シロクマの肖像画以外にどんな絵を描かれるのか知りませんが、きっと素敵な作品がたくさん生まれることと思います。いつかどこかでまたお会いしましょう。

しっかしまあ。クロンダイクは魅力的な犬で、その辺を歩いているだけでファンを増やしているのは知っていましたが、こんな出会いと別れがあるのはさすがに想定外でした。

ではまた。

 

Klondike’s Christmas Trip

A thousand miles, nine days, six dog parks, three beaches, one wonderful mother/mother-in-law/grandma and one first visit (for Klon)  to where I grew up. Lots of wagging, sniffing, trotting, napping and (especially right after the trip) deeply exhausted Klon sleep.

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Driving from our house in Berkeley to my mom’s in La Jolla is eight to ten hours, pretty much the entire length of California. Seemed like a bit much for us and way too much for Klon, who had never been in a car for more than 90 minutes (at least since he joined our household).

So we decided to spend a night in Santa Barbara, a beautiful, charming placed located a little more than halfway to San Diego in distance, a little less (depending on LA traffic) than halfway in time.

We took a ton of pictures. Here are some of our favorites.

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Checking in at The Goodland in Santa Barbara. The Good Land is part of the Kimpton hotel chain, and like all Kimpton hotels allow dogs of all sizes to stay for no additional cost. Klondike immediately decided it was a good place when offered treats at the check-in counter. We came to agree with Klon for people reasons – a great staff, wonderful restaurant and bar, reasonable cost. All in all the perfect California casual luxury experience.

https://www.kimptonhotels.com/stay/the-goodland-santa-barbara

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Board in The Good Land lobby showing general weather and surf conditions, and of course the names of all the dogs staying that evening. We staid at two Kimptons during the trip, and they were both great for person and dog.

https://www.kimptonhotels.com/

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After checking in we walked with Klondike, who wasted no time in discovering Lemos Feed and Pet Supply. As you can see, Klondike somehow managed to overcome his shyness and go behind the counter to request a treat.

 

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Klondike and me looking very pleased.

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Would love to see what Klondike sniffs. I think there is a whole world of smells out there that people just can’t imagine.

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Klondike at the Del Mar dog beach. Due to high waves the larger dog beach was closed. However, this was mostly a people issue and Klondike was perfectly happy to visit the adjacent, slightly smaller dog beach.

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On the road grooming stop. Mieko took off enough fur to make a medium sized sweater, which is pretty typical for a Klondike grooming session.

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Klondike and I enjoy some synchronous yawning.

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Klondike relaxing during his first visit to my mom’s home. My mom has a cat, Parker, who was kept locked up in the large playroom upstairs during our visits. This was a win for us, as we didn’t need to worry about unhappy encounters, and for Klondike who at least twice, over the course of maybe five visits, managed to raid the cat’s food dish. Snap snap yum yum.

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Klonbeast makes himself at home, chillaxing in the kitchen.

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The Audrey, Klondike’s grandma, bought him three really nice and meaty lamb femurs. Here he is enjoying one of them.

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Klondike, Mieko and I enjoyed walks on and around La Jolla Cove several times during the trip.

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Still at La Jolla Cove, Klondike checks out the pelicans and sea lions.

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This picture was shot inside Warwicks, a very beautiful and well curated  book and stationery store. Warwicks has been a great, and very dog friendly, place to walk around from as far back as I can remember (I was probably five or six when I made my first visit there), and still is. http://www.warwicks.com/

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Ears flapping, nose sniffing, Klondike is on his game.

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At the Douglas Family Preserve, a beautiful 70 acre park in Santa Barbara over Arroyo Beach (with a trail going down). Off leash dog walking is allowed in parts of the park.

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The beast is exhausted from his dog parking and deeply asleep in the back of the car.

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At the mission church in San Luis Obispo, our last stop on the way back before home.

All in all a fantastic trip. Mieko and I had fun and seems like Klondike had a blast, though it wiped him out – he pretty much crashed for two full days after we returned home. But he is entirely back now, and if anything more alert and more insistent  that his pack stay together than ever.

 

Pyre Pressure – The Good Kind

Yesterday was the official Pyrenees Potluck Picnic at Roberts Regional Recreation Area, a Pyre-ly delightful event set in a beautiful park with picnic areas and lots of hiking, located in the Oakland hills.

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Unfortunately a number of Pyres and their people hadn’t arrived yet when this shot was taken. It was pretty early in the picnic.

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A little time has passed here, and you can see that the dogs have done what Pyres do – go into power conservation mode. The nap, however, was interrupted when a group of unknown picnickers had the audacity to walk along a path by the site and most of the Pyres went into warning mode, barking loudly just so no one misunderstood whose picnic spot it was.

Klondike Makes The Front Page and Gets Styled!

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Read all about it! Klondike was delighted to be featured in the Spring 2015 edition of the PIDO Pointer, the official publication of the Point Isabel Dog Owners Association, courtesy of Marla Miyashiro. Check out the in depth interview with Klondike (really)  – it’s a pretty tail thumping read, if Klondike doesn’t say so himself!

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And speaking of Point Isabel, that’s Klondike you see above taking a restorative swim and dust bath between rounds of gopher digging, ball borrowing and chase playing. I regret not having any good before and after photos of his dirt rolls.  In the course of maybe thirty minutes he went from bright white to brown, to black and cream.

Interestingly, each dip in the water also seemed to raise his energy level. When we first arrived in the park he was in full Pyrenees mode. Polite, friendly, willing to be sniffed and sniff back, but much more interested in a slow and deliberate cruise around the park than vigorously playing with other dogs. Then he went into the water and emerged energized, ready to run and jump with any large dog at the park. Then he went in again and came out yet more pumped, and ready to run any dog who would play. It was pretty amazing watching his energy meter fill up!

And while there is no greater pleasure than watching a happy dog, having a wet, dirty dog to transport home by car is not what most people would consider a fun activity.  And to make matters worse, I had forgotten to bring a beach towel with me. So my choices were putting a sopping wet, muddy dog in the back of the car, or rinsing Klondike off with the hose, which he hugely dislikes, and then putting a clean(ish) but soaking wet dog in the back seat.

After some thought, I chose plan C.

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Mud Puppies Tub ‘n Scrub, the on-site groomers at Point Isabel and home to Katie, one of Klondike’s personal stylists. Yes, that is Katie you see above in the purple apron, Klon you see in the white fur and Klondike’s picture decorating the wall.

Klondike’s life is not limited to press interviews, outdoor sports and beauty treatments. He also has a very serious side. He’s back in school, enrolled in  BravoPups! Talent class, a basic introduction to performance.

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This is Klondike getting ready to catch a swinging trapeze

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And this is Sandi of BravoPup! doing some one-on-one instruction with Klon. Gotta give the beast credit.. he knows how to stay hungry and focused!