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Mr. Klondike’s Excellent Christmas ’17

For the third year, Mr. Klondike packed his bowls and treats and then jumped into the Klonmobile for twelve days of sight sniffing, family time, and of course snacking as we head down the coast of California from Berkeley to visit my mom in San Diego.

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There are people who think constant, compulsive picture taking of their dog is insane. They are probably right. In fact, here’s some proof…

At San Diego’s Fiesta Island.

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Klondike is too sexy for Milan, New York or Japan but he’s crushing it here at San Diego’s Del Mar North Beach.

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Mr. Klondike models his car vest, a Kurgo brand crash-tested safety harness, at beautiful La Jolla Cove. The vest hooks to the seatbelts in the Klonmobile. We’d all rather the force of a sudden stop be absorbed by the seat belt and then spread out evenly over Klondike’s chest, not throw him through the windshield or into other occupants.  Note: hidden in the rocks is a member of Mr. Klondike’s talent management team, protecting him from spies looking to steal his health and safety technology.

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Mr. Klondike inside a dinosaur egg at Pismo Beach. Yes, we shared a very similar picture last year, but he looks so happy we had to share this one too.

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Our friend the furry citizen seems to love the water. He doesn’t love swimming as much as some dogs (though he’s happy to swim, especially if hot) but getting wet, shaking with full force and then rolling in mud or sand is a favorite pastime. We learned long ago that you could have a happy dog or a clean car but not both. And of course, nothing beats having a happy dog.

This is what Mr. Klondike looked like as we passed through the agricultural Central Coast. The window was cracked (and often down) so Klondike could sniff.

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We frequently describe Klondike as having retired from agricultural security at age one to pursue liberal arts in Berkeley. It’s a bit silly (of course), but it’s also essentially true.

Klondike came to the Bay Area thanks to the good graces of Rocket Dog Rescue.  Rocket Dog rescued him from a shelter in Bakersfield, an agricultural community that probably smelled much like those we are passing through above. We understand that he was in the shelter with another dog believed to be his brother. How they came to the shelter is less clear, but we are pretty sure Klondike’s first year or so was spent as an outdoor ranch dog. Before reaching the shelter he probably lived with other dogs like himself, likely including his parents and siblings. Does he remember that life? Does he miss it? Does he miss them?

Looking at Klondike’s face it easy to imagine that he is in a pensive, melancholy mood thinking about his previous life, maybe even his original family.

He’s very healthy. We think he’s happy and aware that he’s much loved.  But a tiny part of us will always wonder if there is more we can do for him.

 


Some Miscellaneous Trip Pics

Klondike’s cousin Tommy. Tommy arrived in San Diego with his brother and dad a few days after us. And being a young man of great taste, he walked in the door wearing his Klondike T-Shirt.

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This is the front of the T-shirt. We made a bunch of these in various sizes as part of the flurry of excitement that marked Klondike’s first year with us. However, over the years we’ve either used or given away many of the shirts. Probably time for a new design and printing run!

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This is Tommy’s older brother Henry with the ultimate blend of East and West, a nearly perfect rendition of a traditional Japanese bento boxed lunch but made with candy.  The gift was scored by Mieko in Tsukiji on her last trip to Tokyo and earned a coveted “So Cool!” rating from Henry.

This my brother Matt, Henry and Tommy’s father and Klondike’s uncle. My late father was an anthropologist. Here Matt is unloading the 19 boxes of anthropology books our mom donated to the San Diego Public Library from my father’ collection.

 

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Here’s a shot of the some of the boxes as we get the books ready for donation.

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Below Mieko is helping my mom downsize her spice collection. Mieko started the project figuring that a lot of the bottles held the same things so she could easily get rid of the 2/3s of them. Nope. My mom is incredible. There was zero redundancy. In the end, Mieko was able to reduce the collection about 20% by targeting older stuff that had lost its punch.

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Did some cleanup in my old room. Among the artifacts that surfaced was a subscription to The National Lampoon I received as a Christmas gift in 7th grade. It was a life-changing introduction to adult humor. Thanks mom and dad – love you!

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Two more treasures from junior high and high school. My beloved Daisy BB pistol, bought during a trip to South Africa, and one of several boxes of electrical/electronic parts

 

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Tommy, Klondike, and my mom. In the background are items ready to depart the house as part our early Spring Cleaning.


During this year’s trip, we visited three new dog parks. More Mesa in Santa Barbara, Carlsbad Lagoon Dog Beach in San Diego and Fiesta Island Dog Park in San Diego. They were all great. Here’s a quick summary –

More Mesa Beach is a narrow beach hidden away below the bluffs of More Mesa Park in Santa Barbara. To get there you’ll go through a ridiculously narrow trail, pass a whole bunch of private property warnings before coming to barren plain.  Go over the plain towards the ocean and you’ll find a steep set of steps to the beach. It’s quiet and Klondike had a wonderful time running up and down. But between the bad access and the lack of anything but a narrow beach, we’d suggest spending time at the nearby Douglas Family Reserve (a pic or two from a previous trip here).

Klondike at the top of the More Mesa steps

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The steps look broken but they were fine to walk on

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Klondike tearing around More Mesa

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Fiesta Island Dog Beach is a large, open slice of Fiesta Island, an artificial island in San Diego’s Mission Bay. Even bigger than the Bay Area’s Point Isabel (if not quite as pretty), it’s a wonderful place for dogs to run, swim, sniff, and socialize. We made it there twice during our visit and if we lived in San Diego we’d absolutely be regulars.  http://diegodoggies.com/fiesta-island/

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Carlsbad Lagoon Dog Beach is the small, undistinguished strip of beach facing Carlsbad Lagoon (also known as Agua Hedionda lagoon). The lagoon is very popular with kayakers, paddle boarders and the like. The “dog beach” name aside, leashes are required (though Klondike may or may not have been able to read that sign) and dogs are not allowed in the water. However, it is less than a mile from the freeway (Exit 49 from I5 in Carlsbad) and not a bad place to stretch your legs (all four of them) if you are heading towards San Diego and have been in the car a few hours. Sorry- no pics.   https://goo.gl/maps/gECghvxGCjq

 


And to wind the post up, a few shots from Santa Barbara’s dog-friendly The Goodlands Hotel  where we stayed (again) on our trip back to the Bay Area.

When we got back from dinner, we found our white sheets decorated with the below. Usually we are good about paw washing, but looks like it didn’t happen this time. Needless to say, we tipped the maid extra well.

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At home we are strict about not allowing Klondike on furniture and he’s good about not getting up. But… we allow it on vacation and Mr. Klondike seems to enjoy being on the same level as his humans.

This is January 1, first morning of 2018.

 

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A Happy New Year!

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Thank you for reading this far!

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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。

IMG_0093.JPG古い教会の古いベンチでポーズ。

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。

 

 

 

 

クリスマスパレードに出ます!

緊急お知らせ。
サンタクルーズのクリスマスパレードにクロンダイクが出ます! それも、たっくさんの白くてふわふわしたお友達と一緒に。 Santa Cruz Christmas Parade は12月3日、朝10時から正午ごろまで。

きっと涼しいと思うので暖かく着込むのをお忘れなく。当日見学できないみなさんのために、写真を沢山撮りますのでお楽しみに〜。
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